I have been back out at Old Gippstown (note slight change of name), in Sarah Carter's, working through the cataloguing.
Remember this sewing cabinet?
It goes with a 1930s Singer sewing machine, and is full of miscellaneous items, just as it was when last used.
This is the contents of one drawer:
The piece of pink wood has us a little beat - is it for winding on threads (which then have to stay there), or is it a template. I think a thread winder. The blokes on the cataloguing team think it is a knuckle duster.
And this is my favourite piece in there - imagine this instead of a Christmas card - a range of threads for darning your stockings.
The sewing cabinet belonged to a Doctor's wife, who was prominent in the Girl Guides. Can you just see them all darning their stockings????
Technically, we are supposed to put a catalogue number on each item in the cabinet. Think I will pass in this case.