A firmly stuffed pincushion in the shape of a ball called a pinball, this example is both beautiful and functional. The top is meant to receive pins and hold them safely until needed while sewing. There are also pins stuck straight into the ball, the heads of which are arranged to spell out, "a token of affection". It is typical of the kind of useful accessories that young women made and exchanged with friends during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Silk fabric & ribbon, wool filling, brass pins
approximately 2 1/2 inches in diameter