Monday, May 2, 2011

Guess the Artifact: And the Object is...

On Friday, we asked you to identify the object with the black handle in this picture...

Some of you guessed correctly, and some got very close! The object is a tracing wheel, which is used to transfer pattern markings onto fabric before it's cut for sewing garments. As some of you also pointed out, the wire contraption next to it is a hoop skirt frame, or a crinoline cage. Fabric was attached to these wire circles to create the large bell-shaped skirts popular in the 19th Century.

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