Where is it from?

Association locations map

Similar items over time

Sewing Palm - Simpson's Gloves, Richmond, Victoria, 1970s Object Reg. No: SH 890770

Home-made sewing palm, made from scrap of black leather, with wooden cotton reel handle, stuffed with unknown material. Made and used at Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond, 1970s.

A "palm" or "sailor's thimble" was held in the palm of the hand, and used to force sewing needles through thick materials, such as canvas, leather, etc.. The "working" face of this item, that is the side away from the cotton reel handle, shows evidence of being used to push needles.

Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd was formed in 1924 and produced leather gloves and coats, handbags, helmets and associated leather goods. The company first operated in Smith Street, and subsequently Alexandra Parade, Collingwood, relocating to Victoria Street, Richmond in 1928, where it remained until 1988.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Alistair Mitchell, 1989
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 4.50 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width), 9.00 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: glovemaking, leatherworking, trades, working life
Themes this item is part of: Production Processes at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Simpson's Gloves Collection, Clothing & Textiles Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Amos Griffiths Simpson, Glove Manufacturer (1878-1953), Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, 1924-1988, Working Life at Simpson's Gloves Factory, Workers at Simpson's Gloves Factory
Primary Classification: MANUFACTURING & INDUSTRY
Secondary Classification: Clothing Accessories
Tertiary Classification: tools
User: Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd, Richmond North, Victoria, Australia, 1970s

Add your comment

  • Museum Victoria does not provide valuations, for more information please visit the valuation infosheet
  • Please note that Museum Victoria staff will not normally respond to comments posted on our website.
Yes No