Antique Pin Cushions


2015-06-26 11:17:29

Antique Pin Cushions

Antique Pin Cushions are small cushions, frequently circular in shape, which are used as a sewing accessory, providing the means to store needles and pins safely and securely.

Pin cushions typically contain tightly packed stuffing so as to keep the sharp objects they hold safely stowed.Brief history and description

They suited a need as fashions of the 1300s and 1400s were largely dependent upon the secure fastening of pins, and these pins were both costly and difficult to find.

Pin cushions have since become popular amongst fans of crafts and needlework, whilst their antique variations have a great desirability amongst collectors.

Guide for collectors

Antique pin cushions are very popular amongst collectors, with the ability to fetch large sums of money at auction; these high sale prices are frequently the result of the age of the items in question as well as the intricacy of the designs used to create them.

They are available at mainstream auctioneers and specialist auctions, as well as appearing in online auctions at websites such as eBay, though if collectors seek antique finds online they should exercise due caution so as to ensure they purchase an authentic piece.


Amongst the higher prices paid for an antique pincushion is $20,000, for a multi-colour canvas work pincushion dated from 1768, which auctioned from Skinner on 5th June 2005.

Other antique pincushions have also sold for thousands of dollars, with such high prices largely dictated by the age of the pieces, such as the two 18th century pincushions which auctioned from Rago Arts and Auction Center on 7th December 2007 for $2,300.

Amongst the lower prices paid at auction for an antique pincushion is $5, for an antique Iroquois beadwork pincushion in a Victorian boot shape. The pincushion sold from Estate Road Show on 7th December 2008.

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