Needle holder, England, 1670-1680 (maybe); Victoria & Albert Museum No. T.438&A-1990; part of the Martha Edlin casket contents. Needle holder in the form of a cylinder which pulls apart into two unequal parts. Made of a card core wrapped in shaded embroidered blue silks and silver thread completely covering the surfaces when closed.
Pair of wedding knives Place of origin: England, Great Britain (made) Date: 1600-1625 (made) Artist/Maker: Jencks, John (Joseph) (maker) Materials and Techniques: Steel, gold, silver, amber, linen, leather, silk, silk thread, silver-gilt threads; damascened, hand sewn, hand embroidered
A drawn picture English, mid-17th Century A linen panel drawn in ink and en grisaille, designed with a central female figure of Hope, a dove perched on her hand and an anchor in the foreground, a stag and leopard to either side, a flower in each corner and various birds, animals, insects and flowers, 25.5cm x 37cm (10in x 14 1/2in), framed and glazed; Bonhams auction house
Pair of wedding knives V&A M.12 to B-1950; dated to 1638; The finial of the octagonal handle is silver filigree, above convex drop-shaped clear amber panel over a white amber profile bust of a man, set against foil. In the central section clear amber panels over painted foil alternate with ivory strips. The foil is decorated with designs of coursing dogs and other animals.
The very fine modeling of the features in this in this embroidered portrait was achieved with silk floss used both un-dyed and dyed in brown blue and black. The floss was slightly twisted into a fine thread, often blending several shades of a color together. Magnification 10x. Image by Cristina Balloffet Carr. Embroidered portrait of Charles I, 1650-1670. British. Silk and metal thread on silk. 6 x 4 1/2 in. (15.2 x 11.4 cm) Purchase, Mrs. Thomas J. Watson Gift, 1939 (39.13.7)