Celluloid Sewing Items – History informs us that during the late 1800s and early 1900s sewing was an occupation or hobby accepted by women. Sitting with friends while making a quilt, dress or darning was looked upon with approval. Mending items of clothing was also normal during this era. Also normal the skill of Knitting, embroidery crocheting and tatting. Ready made clothes were a luxury so family garments were usually made by hand.
Celluloid sewing notions were very common in the early 1900s. Sewing notions was a term used to described a variety of small objects or accessories that included items like buttons and small tools used in sewing.
Celluloid Sewing Items – Celluloid Thimbles
A thimble was designed to make hand stitching easier and safer when sewing cloth. Thimbles over the years have been of sterling, brass, bone, wood, mother of pearl and Celluloid. The thimble on the left is a very pretty Celluloid Jadeite green color.
Many advertising thimbles have been produced on the years and very collectible today. Often thimble collectors also collect thimble holders. Celluloid Thimbles For Sale
Celluloid Sewing Items – Celluloid Buttons
Celluloid buttons became very popular in the early 1900s and were the first man made plastic used to produce buttons. These colorful buttons came in all sorts of shapes and sizes. They were either transparent or opaque and made to imitate other materials like turtle shells or ivory. By the 1940s Celluloid buttons were replace by other materials. Today they are a very popular collectible. Celluloid Buttons For Sale
Celluloid Sewing Items – Celluloid Tape Measure
A measuring tape or tape measure is a type of flexible ruler that can be made of metal, cloth or a plastic such as Celluloid. It was first patented in 1868 but Celluloid was not used until the early 1900s.
This is a vintage advertising Celluloid tape measure issued by Perlman, Athenson & Passin, Inc. of New York, New York. This company’s specialty was American Broadtail Garments. The tape is yellow cloth. Celluloid Tape Measures For Sale
Celluloid Sewing Items – Celluloid Scissors
Celluloid scissors are double bladed tools used for cutting cloth and other material. The first cross bladed designs with a center pivot point was developed nearly 1000 years ago. Celluloid scissors produced in the early 1900s had short thin blades, one sharp and one dull. Celluloid Scissors For Sale
Celluloid Needle Holder
Needles have long been valued as an important sewing tool. They date back 100s of years and were held in ornamental cases such as this one. In the early 1900s needle cases were made of wood, silver, ivory, bone and Celluloid. Celluloid Needle Holders For Sale
Sequins are disk shaped beads made of plastic used for decorative purposes. Sequins are also referred to as diamantes, paillettes or spangles. They have been used as decorations on clothing, handbags, shoes and other accessories for 100s of years. Sequins are available in a wide variety of colors and shapes. Celluloid Sequins are highly collectible today. Celluloid Sequins For Sale