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A fun little find at work

August 10, 2009

A few months ago at work I was given a project of reattaching several boards to some 19th century leather books. As I opened up one book, I discovered the following in the gutter of the book (stuck down in the spine at the hinge where the board was detaching from the book):

The original sewing needle! My guess is that the person who sewed the book up was on such a roll / working so fast, that she (I’m assuming it was a she–women were usually the ones to sew the text blocks) tied her knot and moved on to the next book, forgetting to remove the needle–then whoever glued up the spine and forwarded the book missed the needle, too… and it’s been there all these years.

Anyway, I thought it was fun/cool, so I’m sharing it.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 10, 2009 9:07 pm

    It’s like finding a hidden treasure. I would be excited too.

  2. Stephen permalink
    August 10, 2009 9:09 pm

    Wow! That is, indeed, cool. Neat-o.

  3. venom permalink
    August 10, 2009 9:11 pm

    that is darn cool. really cool. in a similar vein, we’re going thru my great grandma’s boxes (she died in ’73) and we found a hairpin in a letter from the 40s. i felt oddly connected to her at that moment; somehow everything became more real.
    awesome find.

  4. zstitches permalink
    August 12, 2009 9:49 pm

    How cool. Was the thread still attached to the book?

  5. September 17, 2009 6:41 pm

    such a suggestive find! lucky you!

  6. Mama permalink
    September 17, 2009 11:13 pm

    You’re not posting often enough.

  7. Lili permalink*
    September 19, 2009 9:29 am

    I know. It’s been over a month. Oops.

  8. Aunt Ginger permalink
    September 19, 2009 1:26 pm


    Great little discovery–a needle in a book binding! I found a wonderful little find at a garage sale (today, 9/19) that I will send to you. Are you living at your Mom’s place? Please reply to with an address.

    Love your site! I too, have been to Stirling castle, though it has now been about 35 years since I was there!

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