Knitting sheaths are rarely seen nowadays and make a fascinating field for collectors.
The purpose of the sheath was to take the weight of the work
and prevent the stitches from slipping off the botttom of a double-ended needle. They were tucked into the waist band or held under the arm, and were
used throughout Europe and the British Isles during the 18th. and 19th. Centuries. Some were refined and exotic being made from a variety of materials
including amber, porcelain, ivory, silver and brass etc. The majority were made from a range of available woods of which the higher quality were from
boxwood or mahogany.
Further information on knitting sheaths can be found in Treen by Pinto (now out of print) and Needlework Tools and Accessories, a Dutch Tradition by Kay Sullivan.
|An elegant caged ball wooden knitting sheath, early 19th Century.
Price: £ 275