I'll be listing 4 of these in all, once I work through them. This is the largest of the 4, and is superb. Lathe-turned and entirely hand made, it is a mid-1800s stretcher for a lady's needlework project. This large sized one can hold a variable sized project up to 34.5" long and 24" tall, and any configuration smaller as it is fully adjustable. These old ones are so hard to find, and all the more wonderful when they're also decorative pieces of furniture, turned stand and legs which, in this case, mimic bamboo. I hope you can figure out how it goes together and works from looking at the photos. It is complete with all the original pieces and hardware. It will come disassembled for shipping, but really requires nothing but a few minutes' time and 4 bolts. The interesting feature in this one is the hinged cross poles, pinned from the interior so you can quickly and easily anchor your needlework. Most just have a tacked strip of canvas to which you must sew the edging of your fabric/canvas. The long cross poles are nearly 2" thick, cut lengthwise and hinged. Drilled recesses enclose the mounted tacks that are part of the frame, anchoring your work. Does that make sense? These are fabulous for use showing off antique needlework panels, by the way, or for your own embroidery, needlepoint or quilting projects. It is 31" tall to top of stands, and angles to any comfortable working surface angle you want. One photo shown is an old oil painting showing one in use (not included and not for sale). I've shown this one in my work room at home, and you are only buying the work frame. We've bought and sold perhaps 5 of these through the years, and they always sold quickly. I'm sure this will be no different. It's been at our warehouse just waiting for me to get this far into the listing process.
Very good to excellent, light evidence of use. I was in a hurry to get this one listed and didn't take time to even polish the beautiful old wood, but I will before it is shipped. I believe it is walnut, and when polished, none of the very small scrapes of a century or 2 of use will even show. One slight mention that the one long cross-bar is very slightly warped as you can see from the images. Doesn't hurt the working of it at all. All tacks are present, as well.
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