Sewing bird

Object Number: 
1937.1611
Date: 
1840-1880
Medium: 
Iron
Dimensions: 
Overall: 3 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. ( 9.5 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
impressed: on exterior of clamp frame: "MC"
Description: 
Iron sewing bird with thumb-screw table clamp; stream-lined bird shaped clip; no pin cushions.
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.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group