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Pincushion from a sewing basket from the Rock Rest Tourist Home

Catalog Data

Created by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Clayton Sinclair, American  Search this
Hazel Sinclair, American  Search this
Subject of:
Rock Rest Tourist Home, American, 1948 - 1976  Search this
2011.12.9.2a: cotton (textile) , padding (material) and thread
2011.12.9.2b-c, e, i-k: metal
2011.12.9.2d: metal and thread
2011.12.9.2f-h, l: plastic on metal
H x W x D: 3 1/2 × 5 1/16 × 1 13/16 in. (8.9 × 12.8 × 4.6 cm)
pins (fasteners)
straight pins
Place collected:
Kittery, York County, Maine, United States, North and Central America
mid 20th century
A pincushion found in a sewing basket from the Rock Rest Tourist Home. The pincushion (2011.12.9.2a) is small and rectangular in shape. The front features an embroidered design with several gradient purple flowers on connected, vine like stems, set against a tan, cotton background. The back is a single piece of plain, lavender cotton textile. The two sides are held together with green and purple threads closed in a decorative overcast stitch around all four edges. The front of the cushion holds various types of pins, needles, and other sewing findings that include: a silver tone [S] engraved stickpin (2011.12.9.2b), a large gauge sewing needle (2011.12.9.2c), a small gauge sewing needle with white thread (2011.12.9.2d), three safety pins (2011.12.9.2e), a pink pearl head pin (2011.12.9.2f), a white pearl head pin (2011.12.9.2g), a red head applique pin (2011.12.9.2h), a silver ball head pin (2011.12.9.2i), a chrome ball head pin (2011.12.9.2j), five silver dressmaker pins (2011.12.9.2k), and a clear plastic boutonniere/corsage pin (2011.12.9.2l).
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Black interiors  Search this
Business  Search this
Recreation  Search this
Segregation  Search this
Travel  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, Inc.
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown – Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Rock Rest Tourist Home Collection
Tools and Equipment-Domestic
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture