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Hooks & Eyes - Sarbon Brand, England, circa 1920 Object Reg. No: HT 23802

Alternative Name(s): Swan Bills

Small packet of Sarbon brand Swan Bills No. 4 size hooks and eyes, containing 36 pieces, made in England, circa 1920. These were made from 'superior extra quality' steel wire. They were thought to have been purchased for use by the donor's mother.

'Swan Bills' were traditionally used in dressmaking to fasten clothing, and were often used in women's corsets. Fairchild's Dictionary of Fashion (1988) notes that hooks and eyes were used extensively for shirtwaists and dresses with back closings during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They have been largely supplanted by zippers.
Small box of 36 hooks and eyes used for dressmaking. White box with brown graphic and text on all sides. Two threads of red cotton tied around box with a single 'Swan Bill' tied to the cotton at the top. Donated along with another identical box.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Hazel Carlton, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 240 mm (Height), 230 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: Approximate dimensions.

More information

Tagged with: clothing, sewing, dressmaking, fasteners
Themes this item is part of: Clothing & Textiles Collection, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Secondary Classification: Clothing Maintenance
Tertiary Classification: fasteners
Inscriptions: Printed, front, ink - brown graphics / 'SARBON BRAND' / ( image of lion in a circle )
Printed, side, ink - brown border / 'STEEL WIRE'
Printed, side, ink - brown border / ' MADE IN ENGLAND / STEEL WIRE'
Printed, top and bottom, ink - brown / 'No. 4', / ' SUPERIOR / SWAN BILLS / 36 PIECES / EXTRA / QUALITY '
Model Name/Number: No 4
Place & Date Made: England, Great Britain, circa 1920

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