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Needlework Casket, England, c. 1675
Made in 1/12th scale by Wm. R. Robertson, Esther R. Robertson & Annelle Ferguson, 1999
Needlework caskets were a luxury, owned by wealthy ladies to store jewelry, grooming and/or sewing tools in the late 17th Century. In 1999 Annelle Ferguson asked Robertson and his mother, Esther R. Robertson, to help create this miniature. Esther worked the 60-count needlepoint and Annelle the worked the 72-count in silk. Robertson (Wm.) designed the charts, built the casket and mounted the 26 pieces of needlepoint. He also filled the chest with sewing tools made from ivory, tortoise shell, brass and steel.