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Bird pin cushion w/clamp

Object Number: 
INV.9849
Date: 
1830-1880
Medium: 
Metal, silk, linen
Dimensions: 
Overall: 5 3/8 x 3 3/4 x 2 in. ( 13.7 x 9.5 x 5.1 cm )
Description: 
Red velvet pincushion (sewing bird) set upon the back of a metal bird attached to a C-clamp with a skeleton key shaped thumbscrew; the bird's tail is set with a spring; when the spring is squeezed, the beak opens and functions as a holder.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group