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Sewing clamp

Sewing clamp
Title
Sewing clamp
Date 
ca. 1850-1900
Medium 
Steel, velvet
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 x 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 5.7 x 8.3 cm )
Description 
Steel sewing bird with four spools; a clip with curved handle, and a brown velvet cushion; thumb screw.
Object Number 
Z.72
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.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group