Needle Holders

Introduction

There is an enigmatic group of objects which look like enormous lace-tags, made of sheet metal with a soldered-on collar near the terminal which is often decorated to resemble the cup of an acorn. They tend to be about 5 mm in diameter at the attachment end, and can feature side loops for attaching a separate cap. There are parallels published in Egan and Pritchard (2002, 384-385; fig. 256). See also the guide to needles.

PAS object type to be used

Use NEEDLE HOLDER

Date

The PAS has recorded needle holders from the early-medieval period onwards, but with a focus on the medieval and post-medieval periods.

Examples

Post-medieval needle holder (LON-8C87D3). Copyright: Museum of London; CC-BY licence)
Post-medieval needle holder (LON-8C87D3). Copyright: Museum of London; CC-BY licence)

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Key references

Egan and Pritchard 2002