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S/2491 Antique Treen 19th Century Northern (Durham) Mahogany Knitting Sheath

A mid 19th century Northern (Durham) mahogany knitting sheath of square tapered design, ending in a violin scroll end, having an oblique slot across the face to take the apron string. It was made as a love token and inlaid on all three sides with bone hearts, brass and inlaid wood diamonds, and initalled J L with brass pique. The needle end has a brass protective plate. It is illustrated on the front cover of Dr. Ian Feeters' book 'A History of Knitting Sticks and Sheaths'. The whole has a good colour and patination.

Sold 8 in. (21 cm.) Wide
3 in. (8.5 cm.) Deep
English Circa 1850