Mystery Item from Georgiana’s Sewing Box

Hope we can get some clues as to what this item is or does! Please let us know your ideas.

There are 4 items tied together with black fabric.

1. the brass dome shape with flat base

2. the brass hand, which may be acting as a key holder

3. the long silver black item with a flat base with criss-cross pattern

4. the coppery key-like item

The 4th picture below shows how small it is in comparison.

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5 Responses to Mystery Item from Georgiana’s Sewing Box

  1. Diana West says:

    The black item looks like a sewing needle case. If it is, it should divide in the middle, in the thicker of the rings, either unscrewing or pulling apart.
    The brass dome with the flat stone base looks like a seal. They often had an engraving on the stone – a name, initials or an emblem. I have inherited one via one of her descendants which is very similar stone, and it has the Christian name of the original owner, which I share.
    The key-like item looks like a clock key.

  2. The small brass dome with the flat base is a seal, used on letters etc.

  3. GM Team says:

    While researching the Georgiana’s gold locket we came across some information of the brass hand attached to the black ribbon. It appear to be a piece of “mourning jewellery”. The hand is often described as “the hand of rememberance” and the black ribbon would support this too. Did Georgiana bring it from the UK, in which case it may be associated with her father’s death as the most significant to her at that point or was it bought for or sent to her on the loss of her child? So far we have not found mention of it being sent or given while in Australia and so perhaps it is the former.

    • GM Team says:

      The brass dome with a flat base may have been used for darning. My grandother had a wooden one which measured approx 100cm across the flat base. The silver item mya have been a button hook for buttoning up ladies’ shoes.

      Hope this helps

      Noela Shepherd

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