A Miniature Pin Tray

This miniature pin tray was made in Amsterdam around 1680 by an unidentified maker. Dresses of the well-to-do were made of costly silk, trimmed with lace collars or with braid made of gold- or silver-thread. Ladies’ clothing was not done up with buttons, but was wrapped around and fastened with pins. After undressing, the pins were stored in a silver pin tray. These were usually oval in shape with four or more smooth wells to hold the pins.


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