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Knitting Sheath

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T1350
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This is a knitting needle holder, used in northern England around 150 years ago.Until the beginning of the 20th century, when machine-made stockings became cheap and plentiful, many men and women made their living by knitting stockings by hand. Knitting sheaths were made in many different patterns according to regional variations. This example is known as a 'goose wing', a popular design used in the Yorkshire Dales.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Medium:Mahogany, carved and turned, with ivory or bone.
Material(s):Mahogany wood
Place of Origin:Yorkshire, England


Height:30.9 cm
Width:6.5 cm
Depth:1.7 cm