Rare Antique Early 19th Century Child’s Miniature Treen Knitting Sheath Initialled
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Rare Antique Early 19th Century Child’s Miniature Treen Knitting Sheath, Initialled ‘M.Y’.
Knitting sheaths were used to mend and darn socks, gloves, hats and wool items, and allowed people to supplement their income by making and selling socks. These sewing tools were found mainly in rural areas in Wales, Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland and Northumberland, the majority were made in wood; but other materials included leather, metal, bone, straw and quills.
They were used by placing the end of the stick against the right hand hip, tucked into the waistband, or belt, at an angle, so a double ended knitting needle could be placed in the hole, at the opposite end, which was about 1” deep. This secured the knitting needle, and freed the right hand so the knitter could knit at speed, also whilst standing or walking.
This charming example is rare in its miniature child size and is engraved with the child’s initials.
Condition is good, commensurate with and use. Structurally sound. Lovely patina to the wood!
Measures 13cm x 1.5cm x 1.5cm
Weighs 11.15 grams