This incredible little brass walnut is one of my most prized possessions as of late and I found it in a grab bag for $3.99 when we went to Value Village back in April. James was pointing out something to me and I just happened to see the texture of the brass in a bag full of watches, bangles and brooches on the bottom rack, completely out of place. I actually gasped out loud when I saw it. I fiddled with it and was able to open it while still inside the bag. I was so amazed and was literally ooing and ahhing.
It’s a little vintage sewing kit with a thimble, a needle, two straight pins and to safety pins tucked inside with a green wool lining. I snatched up the bag of junk as fast as I could just for this sweet little trinket.
Upon further research I found that this particular walnut sewing kit is similar to a common piece made by costume jewelry designer Ernest Steiner in the 1940’s. I am quite positive this is a knock off from the same period because I can’t seem to find a makers mark anywhere on the shell. It is still a lovely little vintage piece and a somewhat rare find, not all that valuable monetarily, but it means the world to me and is now one of my most treasured collectibles. I often find myself simply gazing at it in awe and admiration. I love sweet little trinkets like this.
I can’t wait to rummage through yard sales this summer to see what other little treasures I find. I love the stories behind amazing little things like this and just can’t get enough. Isn’t it incredible that it is possibly 70 years old and still in working condition? Incredible.
Do you have any thrifting finds that you simply cannot get enough of?