Christmas 2018

Gay Ann Rogers Needlework


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The Twelve Days before Christmas: Five Tracing Wheels


Occupying a ton of time this year, DH and I catalogued the parts of my collection of needlework tools between 1840 and 1914, and on December 7 we gave the catalogue and tools to a small collections library.


I kept a copy of this year's catalogue and decided to borrow from our photos and descriptions tools for

12 Days before Christmas.

Scroll down for photos and descriptions of five Tracing Wheels

Happy Holidays 2018


This Holiday Season on Queendom Website: The Twelve Days before Christmas told in Antique Needlework Tools.

Here are 5 Tracing Wheels.


Tracing Wheels

The 29 August 1868 issue of Harper's Bazaar wrote about copying or tracing wheels

"By means the newly invented Copying Wheel, patterns may be transfeered from the supplement with the greatest ease. This wheel is equally useful for cutting patterns of all sorts...."


Above, from left:

Two tracing wheels with black and wood handles. The metal on the second one has a removable cover to protect the wheel when not in use. American, c 1900.

Single wheel with a silver handle. English, Birmingham Hallmark, 1904.

Double tracing sheel with a brown wood handle made by J.C. Haney Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio.

American, patented 1900.

Double tracing wheel with black handle. American, c 1900.