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I inherited my sewing box from my grandmother - and I suspect some of these were hand-me-downs. Those Rustless Guarantees were borne out.
17th Mar 2008, 22:20   | tags:,

crickson says:

'Hooks & eyes'?...


17th Mar 2008, 22:24

OJ says:

You evidently don't wear a bra crickson. Well of course you don't...

17th Mar 2008, 22:26

swamprose says:

amazing that the hardware is still the same. the packaging--oh la la. timeless.

corset hooks. we have come a long way.

17th Mar 2008, 22:58

hildegard says:

Wow. Just wow. What a collection. Frame them!

17th Mar 2008, 22:58

Uber Spy says:

So we are :)

18th Mar 2008, 00:01

crickson says:

Nah, my trannie tendencies stop at the occasional gothy make-up and nail varnish. And French knickers, obviously.

18th Mar 2008, 03:23

mara says:

I also have some old object similar to these

18th Mar 2008, 08:05

OJ says:

I'd love to see those mara.

Hildegard, did you mention the Opie collection recently?I'd like to go and see all that everyday pakaging in The Museum of Brands and Packaging as I think it's now known.

Swamprose, I did look for a date on those corset hooks, but I couldn't find one, just a "Rustless Guarantee". I'm not sure we have come that far you know. My grandma used to wear a panty girdle and the Spanx type control pants I've seen in the shops look mighty similar.

Uber, I liked your buttons pics. I'm surprised more people haven't photographed haberdasheries.

ps. I can't frame them. What would I do when I needed a snap fastener?

18th Mar 2008, 10:16

hildegard says:

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, 2 Colville Mews, Lonsdale Road, Notting Hill, London, W11 2AR, England,Tel. 020 7908 0880

It's on the list for my next trip to the Great Wen...

18th Mar 2008, 10:24

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18th Mar 2008, 19:30

Caine says:

How wonderful! Such a great and tangible link to the past. Fab shots.

20th Mar 2008, 08:01

OJ says:

Thanks Caine. I am linked to my antecedents, at least on my mum's side, through clothing, textiles and haberdashery. Perhaps that sounds strange.

My mum's family came from woolen mill country... I had maiden great-aunts (my grandmothers' aunts) who made up knitting pattern samples for a I have an abundance of intricate knitwear that's twice my age. I wore my great-great-grandmother's wedding tippet (it was black, white weddings are a relatively recent invention) to my own....

My mum has just given me a tailored dress that she made in about 1971, which I intend to wear to take my grandad out for a birthday meal next week (and for various other dressy occasions, it's a really nice dress). My mum's coming up next week actually - and she's going to supervise as I attempt to make a blouse.

Anyway, there's more in that sewing box. Next week, bias bindings!

20th Mar 2008, 10:13

Viv says:

superb collection

20th Mar 2008, 12:17

Caine says:

It doesn't sound strange to me, OJ. I think it's wonderful. One of my great grandmother's went to design (clothes) school. All the women in my family were excellent when it came to making clothes, sewing, embroidery, knitting, tatting, crochet, all that stuff.

I think it's fantastic you have such a 'living' link, as it were. It's real history.

20th Mar 2008, 21:38

OJ says:

Do you have anything she made Caine? Forgot to mention, I miss my grandma, which is another reason to keep her stuff.

22nd Mar 2008, 23:20