Vintage Priscilla Sewing Stands
Vintage Priscilla sewing stands are small and lightweight stands which were used as sewing cabinets.
Brief history and description
First appearing in the early 20th century, Priscilla sewing stands grew in popularity around the Great Depression when they began to be regarded as ‘novelty’ items for retailers to sell to consumers who could ill-afford larger items.
The Priscilla design lifted at the top, as well as having a handle to aid transporting the item and its contents. The sewing stands were made of wood, which was sometimes left natural, sometimes varnished or glazed, and sometimes painted.
The Priscilla sewing stand took its namesake from a contemporary sewing magazine entitled Modern Priscilla.
Guide for collectors
Priscilla sewing stands are the most popular of their kind, and yet their appeal is limited to collectors of a very specific type of antique, and therefore their ultimate sale prices vary wildly.
Prospective collectors are advised to seek the sewing stands not only from mainstream auctioneers (where their appearance is rare, if not unheard of), but also specialist auctions, antique shops, and online auctioneers such as eBay.
As ever when dealing with antiques, collectors must be careful to discern the authenticity of a piece before purchasing.
On 8th January 2012, a good condition vintage Priscilla sewing cabinet in mahogany sold from eBay for $40.99.
The lowest price reached at auction for vintage Priscilla sewing cabinet is just $15, for a white Priscilla sewing cabinet dated from the 1930s, which auctioned from Auction Ten on 6th January 2012.
The same item had been auctioned several times over the course of the year, with no sales, but an estimate of between $50-200 and an anticipated starting bid of $35.
This is perhaps indicative of the niche market for which these Priscilla sewing cabinets are desirable, but also a good reason to seek them out in unexpected places so as to attain equally impressive bargains.
(All values based on auction results from Liveauctioneers.com)
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