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Identifying a Desk or Sewing Caddy

I have a portable desk or sewing caddy with handles. It looks vintage. It has small 1" holes (about 10) across the bottom above the two small drawers. The holes are about 1" in depth. What are these used for?
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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

The holes would be for thread spools.

Can you please tell me what material it is--wood or plastic?

How tall is it?

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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

It is wood. The height is about 15" tall.

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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

So you think it is a sewing box?

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The holes are for spools of thread.

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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

This looks like a sweing caddy that one of my grandmother's friends had in her home. I know she was in her 80's when I saw it there and she told me she had it for over 60 years. This would make your around 100 years or just a bit older I would guess. The box is for putting all of your sweing supplies in and it hold the thred for your machine. This normally will set next to your sewing machine to make it easy to find your seam ripper and other supplies.

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August 29, 20190 found this helpful

I believe your sewing box is probably from the 50's and it was originally stained 'brown' and someone used a 'vintage' paint kit to refurbish it.

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The holes are for holding thread.

Here are some similar boxes that are in their original condition - scratches,
nicks and all.
Your box is slightly fancier than some but will soon need refurbishing again.

www.worthpoint.com/.../vintage-sewing-box-basket-crafts...

www.ebay.com/.../264397091072?hash=item3d8f4b7100...

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August 30, 20190 found this helpful

Thanks for the info! I am pegging it as a 1940s piece (or a 1970s
homage to the 1940s) piece. Roll tops were supposed to add a layer of elegance--like the roll top desks (classy).

I have not seen one exactly like this and it crossed my mind it may be a hand made piece. It has some nice detail with the thread pockets, the little decoration on the handle and the storage underneath.

If you are asking to sell this you could start at $50 and take best offer. Sewing ephemera is very popular now, so if you are thinking of selling, this would be the time. If you are selling, I would leave it as is. If you are keeping it, you may want to carefully remove the paint if you want to restore it back to its original wood condition.

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Be aware, the paint may have asbestos if this is a 1940s piece. Wear a mask and eye protection!

Post back with an update!

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