Housewife, probably English, used in America, late 18th to early 19th cen, Used in Boston, probably made in England. Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.9 x 2.1 cm (4 x 3 1/8 x 13/16 in.); Leather, silk satin, silk plain weave (ribbon), wool twill, silk and metallic threads (gimp), silver-plated metal (clasp), and glass (mirror) MFA Accession Number 49.1011
There is been a lot of discussion over the past few months about sewing tools, scissors, etc on different blogs. I thought I would break down this great image of "A Taylor," part by part, and discuss the tools of the trade. This image is from The British Museum and dates roughly to the 3rd quarter of the 18th century.
A bifold wallet comprised of a brown silk with thin wale ribbing. Decorated with silk satin and chain stitched embroidery of various floral motifs. The cross-stitched initials ”A I” are visible when flap is lifted. The flap is lined in glazed pink cotton and green cotton twill binding has been attached to all the edges. The wallet is handstitched together with green and brown thread.