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Saturday, 14 January 2012

Tidy Pins Or Dress Elevators

The tidy pin with its sprial shank was often mistaken for the dress elevator a device which adorned the dresses of Victorian ladies. The dress elevator was made from precious stones, paste etc wheras the tidy pin was made from cheap plastic (see image below)

I have seen these in among tins of buttons but until i read the article below i thought they were dress elevators. http://www.buttoncountry.com/Dress Elevator Article.htm

Below are 2 examples of pins which were used to fix chairback covers, both are available to buy at  henriettas-buttons-and-patterns





2 comments:

  1. Interesting article! I had come across these little pins in buttons boxes and had no idea what they were!

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  2. I've just been to your eBid listings this evening and seen them actually.... and I thought.. what the heck are they? You had put on the listing, that the spiral tidys got confused with dress elevators...and I laughed to myself, because I didn't have the foggiest what either were! Thanks! Now, I know... :D

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