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A sewing kit disguised as a book


It’s a book…. no, it’s a sewing kit. No, it’s a sewing kit disguised as a book. Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books in McMinnville, Oregon, has this unusual item for sale on AbeBooks and it might appeal to needleworkers and crafters.

It’s from around 1840 and an ideal accessory for the Victorian lady traveller. The kit slides out of its slipcase and unfolds to reveal four pockets containing different sizes of small needles. There are also three slots for threads (black, brown and beige) and sections that hold five sewing tools – a pair of scissors, a folding penknife in a mother of pearl case, a pearl-handled stiletto, and two bodkins, one for lace and one for ribbons.

This is indeed a gem and it is titled as “The Gem” on the spine. Its price is $3,132.

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