Last weekend I had another successful bid at the Glasgow Auction (which is rapidly becoming my new obsession). The item that had caught my eye was this – a wonderful 1950s walnut sewing cabinet. I am very keen on these cabinets, and have been on the look-out for a nice mid-century one for a while. Now I have one!
The cabinet is in excellent condition and will serve me very well as a by-my-knitting-chair-hold-all for my current projects and notions. An additional bonus was that it came complete with its original contents . . .
. . .which I excavated this afternoon. I found . . .
Straight knitting needles . . .
. . . patterns . . .
. . . needle gauge and row counter . . .
. . . equipment for mending and darning “specially prepared for fine silk hose.”
. . . collar reinforcements and suspenders . . .
. . . needle cases “frae bonnie Scotland” . . .
. . . and needles for all purposes . . .
. . . buttons . . .
. . . .other types of fastening . . .
. . . several special threads for stringing necklaces . . .
. . . and all types of sewing cotton.
The cabinet also contained a nurse’s dictionary from 1935 and this photograph from Largs. . .
. . . which I have included here on the very slim possibility that someone may be able to identify it.
I have a special fondness for ancient haberdashery, and find so many of these objects curious, evocative and moving. Many remind me quite powerfully of my Grandma, also, like the cabinet’s former owner, a knitter on straight needles and a reader of Woman’s Weekly. I still use my Grandma’s darning mushroom and needle gauge and I like how these small functional things carry the memory of her back to me through use. But what have these objects been doing since their owner died, or had no use for them? The item of latest provenance in the cabinet dates from the 1970s. Have these things been sitting in an attic for forty odd years? Will someone a century hence excavate our Addi Turbos, our Chibi darning needles, our scraps of Wollmeisse or Madelinetosh, and feel the same way that I do about the JP Coats bobbins and the mysterious NYLUSTA?
In other news:
*I am extremely happy to report that an appendix-less Tom is now actually on his way home from Dublin! Much relief and general excitement all round. Thankyou very much for your kind wishes.
*After several days swotting up on the Highway Code, I passed my driving-theory test this morning. This is the first essential step to being fully mobile as it means I can now put in for the practical driving test. I feel ready. I think.