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Needle holder

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.

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Pin cushion

Pin cushion, English, 1670-1680 (maybe); Victoria & Albert Museum No. T.447-1990; part of the Martha Edlin casket contents. Embroidered pin cushion in rectangular shape. The front is of white satin embroidered in coloured silks in a design of flowers, a double-headed bird and the initials 'ME'. The back is covered in dark blue satin. The edges are bound with a plaited cord of blue silk and silver thread.