Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What Do You Think This Is? UPDATED

I know nothing about silver or matchboxes but I am pretty sure this is not needlepoint. 
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Super-Rare-H-G-Murphy-Needlepoint-Garden-Scene-Solid-Silver-Match-Box-1938-/321476126627?pt=UK_Antiques_Silverware_RL&hash=item4ad97867a3

I'd guess this is embroidery on painted linen.  I'd also guess the threads were hand tinted with paint after stitching since this is dated 1938.  As far as I know, overdyed threads were not common then.  What do you think?

Interesting, regardless.  I suppose a regular box of matches is slid into the area below the stitching and the silver matchbox holder sits on a dressing or occasional table to make the utilitarian object of a paper matchbox more decorative.

UPDATE:  The auction ended without a buyer and has been relisted.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/321504139194?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2661&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

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2 comments:

  1. You do find the most interesting stuff! Hand tinted, probably. Fascinating item!

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    1. I agree. I always was a lucky researcher so I guess this has spilled over into needlepoint.

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