Saturday, 11 April 2015

Is it a bird?

Is it a plane?

Probably not. It came into the CS today.
Could it be a tea cosy? Maybe, but the base does not open.

It's the back that opens. Aha! Could it be a peg bag? The top does not have a hole in for a hanger or a hook.

It has a sulky lady embroidered on it ...

… and a snooty man.

It is decorated with flowers, trees and ribbons, lined and made of linen. It is not padded.

The lady who brought it in was using it as a tea cosy but do you put teapots in a tea cosy that is not padded. I thought cosies were put over teapots.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

No, it's …




  1. A Handkerchief tidy, all ladies had one of these ( at least that's what I think it is, I may be wrong!) to keep hankies in in the drawer of their dressing tables and they would have embroidered it themselves too.

  2. Is it a cosy for a spare loo roll?

  3. Perhaps it's a doily for a half round table.

  4. Sometimes ordinary tea cosies were covered with something a bit more fancy when special guests were coming to tea. Perhaps that is what it is.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. It's beautifully embroidered whatever it is. Perhaps a nightdress case?

  6. How about a pyjama case.

  7. Perhaps for silk stockings or a set of napkins. Surely it is too pretty and fine to be a peg bag!
    it is lovely all the same.

    keep well

    Amanda xx

  8. depending on size, hanky or nightdress case

  9. Its a silk stocking holder. Silk stocking were precious when that little sachet was made. The tiny hole prevented them from escaping
    Julie xxxxxx

  10. It's either a hanky case or a nightie/smalls cover, depending on the size. Very pretty!

  11. I vote for either hankie sachet or nightdress case, depending on the size. I thought this as soon as I saw the picture and was pleased to find that lots of others thought the same : )


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