Sewing accessories are still collected today, even though the art declined with the introduction of affordable sewing machines in the early 20th century, consumerism and inexpensive clothes. Nevertheless the nostalgia and craftsmanship of the objects behind the craft drives many collectors.
Most sewing objects found today are from the 19th century onwards, when mass production began to boom. Eighteenth century and earlier examples are prized due to their rarity. Victorian sewing accessories and tools were made from materials including mother-of-pearl and wood. Silver was also frequently used as the price of silver dropped during the Edwardian period.
Collectors focus on one item, such as thimbles, pincushions or needle-cases. Early examples tend to fetch the highest price. Many homemade pieces can be found and are often more charming than factory-made pieces. The most valuable pieces will be hand-crafted in precious metals, or ones that display high levels of detail. This 19th century silver cow pincushion is valued at £1,200 to £1,500.
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