The historically correct piece is a #4 swing handle carrier with a satin lining and four sewing accouterments.
Referred to as ‘lined up’ or ‘outfitted’ the sewing carrier had a strawberry shaped emery (for sharpening needles), a tomato-shaped pincushion, a needle case of poplar-woven covers and felt leaves (for storing needles, and a cylinder of beeswax (strengthening threads).
The accouterments are secured to the sides of the carriers with silk ribbon.
The sewing carrier was made expressly for the ‘fancy goods trade’ for use by the ‘world’s people.’ The Sabbath Day Lake Shaker Village (ME) sold up to 50% of its ‘fancy goods’ to tourists at the nearby Poland Springs resort hotel.
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This version is a No. 2 oval box. The piece is fitted with tin candleholder tacked to the underneath side of the lid and contains a box of stick matches, three hand-dipped beeswax candles and a small piece of tinder, just in case there’s a need to start to a fire.
A tall No. 1 oval box with a birdseye maple lid is fitted with a wind-up music works. The song is the well-known Shaker hymn Simple Gifts.
Click here to view the lyrics and words to Simple Gifts.
This piece is a No. 3 oval box with two removable divided trays. It's a perfect box to keep small jewelry, precious keepsakes or simply 'treasures.' A birdseye maple lid compliments the cherry or maple band.
Also available is a smaller version in a No. 0 oval box with a fixed crosshatch divider. The piece show is in walnut with two pair of my favorite cuff links. What special treasure would you put in one?