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Sewing bird

Sewing bird
Sewing bird
Title
Sewing bird
Date 
1840-1880
Medium 
Iron
Dimensions 
Overall: 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 9.5 x 3.8 cm )
Description 
Iron sewing bird with thumb-screw table clamp; stream-lined bird shaped clip; no pin cushions.
Credit Line 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Object Number 
1937.1611
Marks 
impressed: on exterior of clamp frame: "MC"
Gallery Label 
Clamps, often crowned with a pin cushion, were screwed to the side of a table and gave sewers a free hand with which to cut or pin. During the 1850s, clamps in the form of birds, referred to as "hemming birds," were particularly popular. This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Provenance 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group