We deal in Americana, which includes figural cast iron antiques
and patented or mechanical antiques that have a certain
"look or feel" about them. We invite you to contact us at
AntiqBuyer@gmail.com should you have antiques and collectibles similar to those
described on theses pages
you are looking to sell.
I buy antiques to be added to those
we have for sale at our antique sales website
Our primary interests are toward
patented and mechanical antiques, tools, technology
and scientific related antiques dating from
the period of history commonly known as
the Industrial Revolution but we are equally interested in things often
referred to as Americana, advertising or General / Country Store
common theme for our buying and selling interests is form and condition
and it must have a certain "eye" appeal.
specific areas of antiques that we deal in
are listed in the left hand column of this page.
Even though we do not specialize in tobacco
related objects, we do buy figural tobacco cutters. Most tobacco cutters were just made to accomplish their stated job, while
others had unusual figural aspects to their
design as represented by the Scotten-Dillon Flatiron Cut Plug tobacco
cutter pictured on the right. There are many other figural examples of Tobacco cutters that can be found.
Values can range from as low as $40.00 - 50.00 or so to over $1000 for unusual
and desirable examples.
Another example of unusual cast iron that we
like are antique
cast iron bootjacks. Particularly those that have
wrenches or cutout letters or names incorporated into their design.
We had and sold 2 different collection of
bootjacks totaling over 300 on our
Often times the reason for buying an object crosses categories
and we drawn to a special antique for reasons
other than to simply add to the
collection or to sell. The Pratt patent sewing machine known as the
"Lady's Companion" pictured on the left, is a perfect example of this. We sell all types of
antique sewing machines but rarely deal in later more common treadle sewing machines.
When I first saw this tripod style antique sewing machine I knew I had to own it.
Even though it was the most expensive antique sewing machine we had ever
bought at the time, in looking at the condition, the strikingly different
form, and considering its historical
significance, we knew we had to own this. I did buy it, and true to form,
and the dealer inside me, sold it the next day.
Money is also important at times.
There are a few other antique treadle sewing machines that we are interested in,
and the criteria for our interest are laid out or explained in
detail on the Sewing
We also have pics and sales results for
many other early and rare sewing machines and other antiques in our sales archive
pages. The links to those pages are in the right hand column.
We are always looking for unusual figural
antiques, early sewing machines, and other mechanical devices, and we invite you to contact us at
anytime should you have something
that you are looking to sell.
of figural antiques we deal in are figural water sprinklers and other unusual mechanical
I am mainly interested in lawn sprinklers that represent animals or people.
There are some great non figural sprinkler that were
over-engineered and look like a mechanical marvels that are very
collectible as well. If you have anything interesting you want
to sell contact me.
In many instances condition is more important to us than the perceived
rarity of a piece.
few examples of the type, style,
vintage, condition and quality of the antiques that we are primarily
interested in are pictured. Click the links on the right to see pics and descriptions of
past sales results for these and other antiques.
Sewing Birds & Figural Sewing Clamps
Vintage Sewing Related Collections!
Sewing clamps or sewing birds were used by a
seamstress to assist with mending and fancy needlework. They acted like
third hand. These
patented devices were typically fastened to a work table by a thumb-screw. The working portion
was designed to hold the fabric so that it could be held taut with one
hand leaving her other hand free to do the stitching. They are sometimes referred to as "third-hands". Some were multi
featured and had pincushions, thread cutters, small drawers,
scissor sharpeners or other features to help with the sewing related tasks at hand. Some can be quite elaborate, others
very plain and utilitarian.
are just a few examples of some unusual & figural sewing
clamps we look for
and offer for sale at our sales site
examples made of ivory, wood, brass, silver, steel, and cast
iron. We are especially seeking unusual and
elaborate figural examples, or those with attached holders or boxes to store thread, wax, needles, emery,
Note: There are many reproduction
sewing clamps on the
market, most notably the brass bird with the 1853 patent in its wing.
You can always find them listed for sale on eBay. Be Aware!!
Some of the rarest, most desirable and hardest to find are
figural examples in the shapes of animals, bugs or other critters.
Pictured just above is a "sewing dog", who obediently lays on top of his
pincushion bed and helps out by gripping the fabric in his mouth. It
can be found in either a nickel or lacquered brass finish. It is a
very desirable piece.
fabulous figural elk clamp show here is all cast iron with two thread-winding spools made
of bone on either side
of his incredible rack. To hold the fabric
you gently pull back on his delicate antlers to open up his jaw, insert
the fabric, then release. This figural clamp is extremely rare, probably
a one-of-a-kind, and crosses over from the category of sewing into the
realm of Americana and rare American folk art.
Another great figural
animal sewing or needlework clamp is the butterfly clamp
shown here. It is an example that is rarely seen. In addition
to the butterfly body opening and acting as a clamp, this figural butterfly clamp also has 2
pincushions to hold either the fabric, or additional pins or needles.
The cherub clamp at the top of the page is
another nice figural sewing clamp. It also has a pin cushion and
clamping feature as additional features. Cherubs were a favorite during the Victorian era,
and that is when this clamp and most of the others shown on this page date
Some sewing clamps were made as almost little portable work stations and a very
interesting and desirable model that we are looking for is known as the
"Lady's Companion". It has all sorts of accessories and features that the
typical clamp does not. Some of these devices came equipped with
their own thimbles while others had scissors or thread cutters
incorporated into their design.
favorite image or theme for figural antique sewing "birds" /
sewing clamps is
that of the fish, dolphins, or
other mythological critters
including dragons and monsters. Some are so elaborate and detailed
that the scales show. At left is a neat one
that we have seen a lot of different variations of, some with pincushions
and the tail wrapped around the post, some
without a tail at all. Others with just the face or head, with some more grotesque and
others simpler and more stylized.
all sewing clamps were designed with a clamp or "vise" for holding the
example shown here is designed to be a thread winder with 4
individual spools that the seamstress could use to keep 4 different colors
of thread within easy reach. The pincushion on top could be used
simply to hold extra pins, or the fabric being worked on could actually be
pinned to it to serve the same function as the vise-style sewing
clamps. A clamp like this would be very handy for embroidery.
All of the different styles we have shown so far have their origins in
either America or Europe. The butterfly and the dog
sitting on the bed are American origin that were a patented design, while many of the other
figural monsters and creatures are considered to be European.
unusual sewing clamp is this unique design, which actually consisted
of three clamps. The center one is
a pincushion and the two on the
ends are thread winders. All three are attached to each other, and could be adjusted in width with an accordion-style
Sewing clamps can
range from incredibly ornate and elaborate to very simple and plain.
The clamp pictured above on the right uses a simple swinging arm
mechanism to secure the fabric. This particular one is a bit
bigger and heavier-duty than the typical light duty swing arm Victorian design
clamps you can find, and it was probably used for leather, wool, canvas,
If you have antique sewing clamps, Victorian needlework tools
or very early antique sewing machines to sell, please email us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com
We are active dealers of sewing birds / clamps
and other antique and Victorian sewing and needlework accessories---such
as pinking machines, chatelaines, tape measures, fancy scissors, darners
Please contact us at
if you have interesting tools and technology, or great form
figural antiques that are for sale.
To see examples of antiques that we currently are
offering for sale please go to our sister site
Larry & Carole