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19th Century 3 Tier Sewing Box with Pin Cushion and Mirror

Measures:  9.5” tall, 9” wide, 6.5” deep

This beautiful sewing box was made by Malbon Watrous of Andover, CT who lived between 1822-1893.  According to the Andover Historical Society, he operated a small toy shop in Andover.  He also made salesman samples of household furniture.  This sewing box is constructed of a dark hardwood with a burled quality.  The end pieces are inlaid with a lighter wood.  The thread holes are carved bone.  Some of the finials are marine ivory.  I can’t be sure, but I think some of the back finials may be a different material as they are a much lighter white.  There is a mirror that pulls out right above the 2nd tier.  It is very old but has no cracks or breaks.  The mirror glass is “smoky” due to age, there is a layer of very fragile paper on the back of the mirror.  The pin cushion on top is embroidered silk, skillfully done.  I can't guarantee that this is the original pincushion, but it is very old.  Inside there are 8 metal spool holders.  The drawers and drawer knobs are in excellent condition.  There is a small crack near the left front finial and a crack near the rear right finial, both on the bottom tier.  There is a chip on the right rear corner of the second tier.  This is an amazing survivor and a stunning piece of New England sewing history.  

*Sewing box and spools are included in the sale, other items are my photo helpers :-)


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