Swallow Pin Cushion, 1895

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Pin Cushion - Swallow - London 1895 by James Bell & Louis Willmott - 12.5cm wing tip to wing tip; 1.9cm high; 94g gross weight - ST/5810

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Pre-dating most novelty animal silver pin cushions by a decade, this is a fabulous example that is modelled in a clever, eye-catching way. Formed as a swallow in flight, the wings and forked tail hold a green velvet pad whilst the bird's head is superbly textured to give a realistic look. The green velvet is original, albeit a little faded, and the overall condition is excellent. A truly rare example!