What: Wooden needle case
Where: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, South Florida Fairgrounds, suburban West Palm Beach
How much: $8
Why it’s special: Needles were a precious commodity in the days when most clothing was hand-sewn at home.
During the American Revolution, Abigail Adams wrote to her husband, John, who was in Europe forming alliances for the new republic, begging him to send her fabric and needles, which she could use in place of hard currency during the war.
I think this wooden needle case is a product of the Industrial Revolution and was machine made, though one can see marks from the chisel that carved it to its cylindrical shape.
It probably dates from the late 19th or early 20th century, which is neat in and of itself.
But it is not knowing who used it, or what they sewed using those needles that has me in stitches.
Write to Scott at Scott@ScottSimmonsAntiques.com.
West Palm Beach Antiques Festival: Come visit me in Booth 123 at the antiques show, which continues 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday at the South Florida Fairgrounds, West Palm Beach. Tickets: $7 adults, $6 seniors, free for under 16. Discount coupon online at wpbaf.com. Information: 941-697-7475.
The West Palm Beach Antique & Flea Market: The market’s reopening has been pushed back to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 6 to coincide with the green market. It will be on Narcissus Avenue, north of Banyan Boulevard. For information, search Facebook or call 561-670-7473.