- Date 1790
- Place of Origin Norway
- Creator Unknown
This segmented fish, which moves as if alive, is actually a tiny parlor sewing kit containing needles and thread. This kit was not for heavy mending, but for dainty work to pass the time. The kit fits into a hand-carved wooden case that is lined with silk.
The sewing kit comes from the parsonage of Ove Jakob Hjort and his family. Hjort was a young Norwegian pastor who came from Christiana (Oslo) in 1862 to serve the Lutheran congregations of East and West Paint Creek in Waterville, Iowa.
Inscription: P.W. M.A. 1790 stamped on the wooden case.
- Materials Silver
- Identifier / Source LC0422 - Gift of the Hjort family