19th Century Figural Forged Iron Sewing Hemming Bird
This wonderful stylistic iron bird is an English 'sewing bird' made in the mid 19th century. It was clamped to the table while sewing (note the heart thumbscrew). It has a strong 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 1/2" long and the entire clamp is 4 1/2" 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