Mrs. Tom Thumb's Sewing Machine

Description
Miniature sewing machine and cabinet; cabinet decorated with six panel paintings and inlaid with mother-of-pearl depicting wedding of Tom Thumb and Lavinia Warren Bump, their carriage ride in Central Park, patriotic panels of each of them with the American flag, and the back panels show a woman sewing by hand and then sewing using a Wheeler and Wilson Sewing Machine. All sides of the case protecting the sewing machine head have painted decorations: an American Eagle is painted on the front; on the right side a cherub with crossed arms; on the left side a cherub resting his chin on a hand; and the Wheeler and Wilson factory is shown on the back. Inside the cabinet are five drawers with ivory knobs containing sewing bobbins, four glass presser feet, one package of five needles, one wrench and one attachment guide The flywheel and other parts within the cabinet are silver-plated. Two separate foot shaped treadles measure a tiny 7 1/2"L x 2"W.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1862
owner
Thumb, Tom
Bump, Lavinia Warren
maker
Wheeler and Wilson Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Bridgeport
made at
United States
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
paint (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 27 in x 22 in x 16 in; 68.58 cm x 55.88 cm x 40.64 cm
ID Number
1992.0109.01
catalog number
1992.0109.01
accession number
1992.0109
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Home and Community Life: Textiles
Victorian Needlework
Textiles
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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