Sewing Bird Carved Wood 19th century
A third quarter 19th century sewing bird made of wood depicting a smooth patterned bird with spring-construction to the tail and mouth for holding fabric. Wings are decorated. This is the first wooden sewing bird I have ever seen. I found reference to one other of this form.
Sewing birds/clamps acted as a third hand for the seamstress, holding the piece of fabric taut, which allowed sewers to sit up straight rather than hunch over their work. They were advertised at the time as having "health preserving" properties as these clamps allowed for proper posture while working over a piece of sewing. When you press on the tail of the bird it's mouth opens to receive the fabric that is to be sewn.
Condition: As found, very small chip under one wing- done many years ago. Great patina. All original.. The decorative wooden table clamp with key was used to fasten it to the table.
Approximate dimensions: Length 8”, height 8” depth 2 ¾|.