Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

A rose engine-turned lignum vitae sewing clamp.

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Sewing clamps were essential household implements, used to hold a quilt or other sewing project so that both hands could be in contact with the work.

This is a fine example of rose engine work, which was turned on a geometric lathe the headstock of which rocks back and forth to produce the tiny cuts that make up the surface.The technique, invented in the late eighteenth century, is sometimes called “guilloche”.

Over-tightening the clamp could easily break the narrow neck that holds the screw. This one has been broken and repaired.

English, ca. 1890

Length: 6”; Diameter: 3”

Inventory #25997

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