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Fish shaped needlework case with silver scales. Small knife and scissors inside. In original fitted leather box.
needlework (visual works)
figure- and animal-derived motifs
"Cherished Possessions": This silver fish, as elegant as a piece of jewelry, conceals a utilitarian purpose-it contains a small scissors and knife for sewing. The kit belonged to Abigail, patriot Josiah Quincy's wife, who probably inherited it from her mother. This charming article reflects the useful work required of men and women of every class in New England-in this case an endless round of sewing and mending-as well as the relative comfort in which Mrs. Quincy lived.
"This fish was found/ in the jewelbox of/ Mrs. Abigail Quincy 1798/ It was said by her/ sisters Mrs. Dowse + Mrs. Shaw/ to have belonged to their mother/ Mrs. Abigail Bromfield Phillips" (Black ink)
Gift of Mrs. Reginald Allen
Sander, Penny. Elegant Embellishments. Boston; SPNEA; 1982.