Rare antique silver-plated brass sewing bird. English, circa 1855. There is no maker’s mark on this clamp. Ref: An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools by Gay Ann Rogers. Og. 182, plate 154.
There is a tiny bird in the middle to hold the fabric. Push the tail and the beak opens. The embossed design is striking and there is along a twisted shaft above the bird with the original pin cushion – fabric is slightly worn but sound. C-clamp is stamped with a decorative leaf design and the turn screw is round.
As photographed, measures approx. 14cm L.