Sewing box

Sewing box
Sewing box
Sewing box
Sewing box
Sewing box
Sewing box
Wood, lacquer, gold leaf, ivory, textile, gilding, steel, paper
overall (box): 5 1/2 x 12 x 9 in. ( 14 x 30.5 x 22.9 cm )
Rectangular wooden sewing box with flat chamfers and rounded edges, covered with several coats of lacquer and decorated with gold leaf; on flat, hinged lid, border of flowers and butterflies, with oval garland of flowers at center; rectangular panels with chamfers painted on four sides of box, with flowers painted on four chamfered sides; gilded and carved feet; inside, complicated series of compartments in tray covered in lacquer, with numerous divisions and several removable components, with some ivory accessories fitted into sides; two compartments with lids with gold leaf decoration and ivory pulls; tray contains ivory sewing implements including spatula, spike, thimble, four thread winders of various construction, one vise-like tool, three needle threaders, four flat pieces with cut-out circles and straight edges, fourteen bobbin-like pieces, two circles, one clip, one top-like piece, and three narrow sticks; also contains pink textile cushion in one tiny compartment, metal needle, three cut-out pieces of paper, hand-painted with flowers and leaves, and two gilt paper ornaments.
Credit Line 
Gift of Walter S. Poor, Jr.
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Gallery Label 
According to family tradition, this sewing box was presented to Martha Brookes (1812-1897) on the occasion of her marriage to Joseph Fernando Waller in 1837.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group