My husband started my collection of antique sewing accessories for me a few years ago. It all started when he was looking for a gift. Since then I sometimes will get one of these little vintage surprises. He shops and shops and likes to find a good deal. Isn't he a sweetie! I love this antique sewing bird I got this year for Christmas.
This is a wonderful brass vintage Sewing Bird / Hemming Clamp patent dated Feb 15, 1853 . The mouth opens and closes down for holding fabric and the bottom clamp which is ornately decorated would be used to fasten to a sewing table.
The bird is in excellent condition. Unfortunately it is missing its original pincushion. Most of the ones I've seen are missing the pincushions. It has been well cared for and is in amazing shape for its age.