My dad recently sent me this great antique sewing box.
It has seen better days, I'm sure. Above is supposed to be a pin cushion. There are two little holes at the front - I have no idea what those are for. The little nubs on the back are filled with a gritty substance, so I can only guess that they were for sharpening.
There are four drawers. The top three are just boxes. The bottom one has pegs for spools.
The drawers are stacked in a way that it makes sort of a pyramid shape. Look at those great little carved details at the top.
There are no markings on the bottom. But you can see here that one of the feet was replaced. I love the idea that this piece was so well-loved.
And now it will continue to be well-loved.
Should I try to repair/replace the pin cushion on top? What about the little spool pegs that are broken off? Should I use this piece for it's intended purpose, or keep it as a show piece? Lastly (I know, so many questions), can anyone tell me anything about it? When was it made, where, etc? I'd love to research the history of it a little more.