Mid 19th Century Figural Forged Iron Sewing Hemming Bird Iron Clamp Heart Thumbscrew
This wonderful stylistic forged iron bird is an English 'sewing bird' made in the mid 19th century. It is an unusual form with the wings closed, most have spread wings. There is evidence of original paint decoration (see photos). It was clamped to the table while sewing (note the heart thumbscrew). It has a strong iron spring under the tail of the bird. When you squeeze the bird's tail, its mouth opens to receive the fabric being sewn and hold it in its mouth.
It was so useful to the seamstress; it was often referred to as a 'third hand'.
Reference: Sewing Tools & Trinkets by H. Thompson p. 134.
Approximate Dimensions: The bird is 3.75" long and the entire clamp is 51/2" high (from the beak to the bottom of the heart thumbscrew).
The Condition: Shows minor wear as expected from age & use. There is no damage or repairs