Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sewing Cabinet Catalouge, Drawer Three, Part One

I have something to share with you guys, yesterday I broke my sole remaining sewing machine needle. It was literally the last one in the house, I had already stolen the one in my mother's machine, so we were tapped out. Eventually I'm going to be getting some more, but that might take a few days. So I'm stuck with my hand sewing skills, so guess what? I'm going to do some more work with the sewing chest cabinet. My loss is your gain!
This is the third and final drawer in the cabinet. It's also the biggest and is at least the size of the two above it. This one was the one with the missing knob when my dad originally found it, he said a lot of people left it because it was missing it. Turns out the missing knob was in this drawer. If you work it back into the fixture it stays. You just have to be careful when you pull on the drawer because it will come back off if you tug it too much. Here's the photo of the drawer altogether before I started taking anything out of it for it's individual photos.And here's a photo of the drawer with everything taken out. As you can see, several things disintegrated at the bottom. Into the trash they went.And here's the drawer after I cleaned it all out.It's marked on the bottom with "No 14" there's also something that could be another mark after that, but it just looks like a big smudge.Now onto the stuff inside the drawer! First off we have a trio of small boxes. The first one is a Surcrets box, and is chalk full of pins. Most of them are straight pins, but there's also a couple of ball pins. The next box is a simple white plastic one, I assume made for pins. Inside this one is a variety of snaps, eyes and hooks, and a couple of large hand sewing needles. One of them is triangular in shape and marked Jas Smith & Sons. It seems this company is still around making needles. The third box is the one with the most wear on it. I can read that it originally contained Hexylresorcinol Sucrets. You can find tins like this on E-bay apparently, they don't sell for very well, so I guess there's not much of a market. This one is also full of straight pins, and a couple of ball pins. It's also kind of hard to open, I'd worry about it popping open and pins flying everywhere.Next we have two sheets of snaps. The first one is "Wizard Snap Fastener", look at that logo in the upper right corner. Isn't that cool? Apparently it "works like magic", I wish snaps were magic. If they sewed themselves on it would be magic. The next one is a sheet of Wilsnap "Fashion's Fastener" snaps. On the back is an ad for their invisible snap tape and their lingerie clasp. I didn't take a picture of that.After that we have a variety of snaps, and a sheet of hook and eyes. They Hook and eyes are from DeLong, and was patented in 1904. Made in America, and "Rust? Never!!". I guess that claim's accurate, there's no rust on them. Next we have some DeLong snaps (who also claim to never rust), several full sheets and a few partial sheets of "Boye" snaps, and one partial sheet of snaps that I can't find a name. I do know that they were made in the U.S.A., and that they were purchased at Shartenberg's in Pawtucket, R.I.. Although, if you look that name up on Google you find it was a store in New Haven, Connecticut that closed it's doors in 1962. That location makes more sense than the R.I. one since this chest came from Connecticut.
Next we have what I believe is a sewing machine attachment? It's silver metal and the circle part is smaller than a quarter, but bigger than a nickle. It's marked on one side H&K and the other Pat. Pend. But I really can't find anything about it online. All I get are gun sites. Weird.
After that we have a bag, one that used to have chocolate. Nestle's to be exact. It was the Bakers Dozen Special. "13-5 cent chocolate bars 65 cent value one (Unmarked) cents". Was out mystery sewer a secret snacker? I guess we'll never know.Next we have a full sheet of six magnets. Handy Magnets their name, and they have a guaranteed lifetime full strength. At that time they cost 6 for 59 cents. They "hold memos, notices, recipes on bulletin boards, stove, cabinet, card dashboard, desk. They were a "product of Bellern Research Corp., Saugerties, N.Y.. I don't think that company is still around. Is my lifetime guarantee still valid?
After that we have two packages of Beltx Bra back repairs. One is unopened and one is opened and missing the hook part. And let me tell you ladies, couldn't have come at a better time. You have no idea how much repair my bras need. Again, I don't think this company is still around either.After that we have a "Sturdy Brand Iron-on Jean Patches" bundle. Orignally it had eight sheets, but only 4 full ones are left. There's also a couple of pieces left too. It was a "super value" at 59 cents. I took a picture of the back of the package so you can see how they recommend you attach it. My dad actually ended up using one of these a while back, and while it did attach, it didn't stay on too long.Up next we have a modern (relatively) travel sewing kit with several colors of thread and two hand sewing needles, as well as a chunk taken out of it. One yellow pencil, and a bright pink velvet pin cushion in need of some repair.Next we move onto some of the thread spools in this drawer. (There's still a lot more than just what I have here.) In the pictures I did photo of the top, one of the side, and one from the bottom to show you all of the markings as well as the thread itself. Each thread spool is in the same location in each photo.
For our first assortment we have (from left to right); A wooden spool of white thread, from Coats (no Clark yet). I did do a search to see when the two compaines joined, but no luck. Their own website is void of any such details. Next is a Styrofoam spool. Made by Polyplus, and 100 percent polyester. This spool of rich wine color thread set you back 35 cents. After that is a wooden spool of Belding thread. Size A 800 yards, made of Mercerized Cotton, in color 1187. This one doesn't have a sticker, the information is pressed into the wood. Next is a spool of Coats and Clark Extra Strong Heavy Duty thread. By then it's been combined companies. 250 yards for 35 cents, a light brown color. After that is another wooden spool. on top it's marked "John C. Meyer & co. Boston Mass." and the bottom it reads, "Meyer Silk Hub And D 24 Linen Finish 500 yds Thread". It's black in color and very fine. For our final one it's another Coats and Clark wooden spool. 325 yards of dark blue thread. Original cost, 29 cents.For the second assortment we have (Left to right again); Clark's green colored wooden spool. The thread itself is white. It also has the label of O.N.T., and Six cord. What is six cord? After that is another wooden spool, natural wood, Coat's and Clark. Extra Strong, gray in color. Next is another Coat's and Clark. The spool is blue for this one. It's missing the bottom sticker, but the top one is still there. Next is "The Brainerd & Armstrong Co. Fast Color Crochet Silk". The bottom sticker reads, "Warranted Pure Silk Asiatic Dye Half Ounce." After that is another Coats and Clark spool, dark blue spool, red thread. This one's for "Button and Carpet", it's a bit thicker than the normal threads. For our last one we have a linen thread from Mar(can't read the middle)ll & co. It's three cord linen thread. It's missing the bottom sticker.There's also a few odd sized spools in the drawer too. (From right to left) one full of thick white thread, could be twine? It is unmarked. A smaller spool of bright orange thick thread, also unmarked. Next is a paper spool of green thread. Part of it has oxidized to a brownish color. It has a paper label that reads "American Thread Co. Fall River, Mass. U.S.A. Trade Star Mark Mending Cotton." And finally we have a wooden spool of tan colored thread. Both of the paper labels have come off and all that's left are the glue marks.

So that's all for the first part. What a lot of typing. I'll get around to the second part eventually... like I said, eventually.

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