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Antique 19th Century Victorian Sweetheart Beaded Pin Cushion

Antique 19th Century Victorian Sweetheart Beaded Pin Cushion

Regular price £98.00 GBP
Regular price Sale price £98.00 GBP
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A very heavy, sand filled beaded pin cushion dating back to the mid to late 19th century. It has been used as a antique and vintage broach cushion. Including 2 antique hat pins.

This cushion is decorated with pins, beads and sequins backed onto soft green velvet. 

9" x 8" 

Condition Report
In fantastic condition. Some sequins and pins missing which is to be expected for an item over 100 years old.

History of Victorian Pin Cushions

Victorian pin cushions were exquisite and decorative sewing accessories that gained popularity during the Victorian era (1837-1901). These pin cushions were not only functional but also served as ornate pieces of art, reflecting the Victorian love for intricate design and attention to detail.

They were crafted from a variety of luxurious materials, showcasing the wealth and status of the owner. Common materials included silk, velvet, satin, and brocade. These fabrics were often richly adorned with intricate embroidery, lace, and beadwork. Some pin cushions were even embellished with precious stones, pearls, or small metal decorations.

Embroidery played a significant role in the design of Victorian pin cushions. Intricate floral patterns, geometric designs, and romantic motifs were commonly embroidered onto the fabric. Lace and ribbons were often used to enhance the overall aesthetic. Some pin cushions featured raised or padded elements, creating a three-dimensional effect.

Many were crafted with specific themes in mind. For example, there were pin cushions shaped like shoes, representing good luck, or those shaped like hearts, symbolizing love. Additionally, some pin cushions were created as sentimental gifts, incorporating messages or small pockets for holding notes or keepsakes.

Victorian pin cushions were much more than simple sewing tools; they were works of art that reflected the aesthetics and values of the Victorian era. These exquisite accessories showcased the craftsmanship of the time and remain highly sought after by collectors today.
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