In the early nineteenth century, pincushions provided a safe repository for straight pins that were otherwise easily lost and painfully found. Decorative examples were frequently given as gifts or chosen by instructresses to display the ornamental skills acquired by their young female pupils. Though only portions of its show cover and trimmings survive, the top of this cushion was originally fully covered in white silk, with tassels added at each corner and metallic trim around its sides. The embroiderer carefully shaded the design to capture the fresh beauty of loosely gathered flowers.





Silk, linen, copper alloy


Overall: 6 1/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. x 2 3/8 in. (15.88 cm x 11.76 cm x 6.05 cm)


Gift of Mrs. W. G. Rice and Mrs. Bertie Pruyn Hamlin, 1912

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