I have been collecting these little sewing beauties
for some time now.
They are not easy to find, and the ones I own are
from around 1875 to 1910.
They go by the name of vegetable ivory or pierced ivory.
What makes me happy is the fact, that no elephant had
to give his life for these sweet sewing trinkets.
These are made from the seed of a palm named
Phytelepas aequatorialis, or in short "elephant plant".
There are many other species of Phytelepas.
Most come from South America, but also come from
many other countries.
The seeds hardness is very similar to real ivory.
I love the beautiful detailing in these small wonders,
and am always on the look-out for others to add to
I believe, that there was a thimble made from vegetable ivory
belonging to this acorn at one time,
and it got replaced with this one.
This one still has it's original thimble.
I am not sure if at one time this held a tape measure.
It is most likely.
Every time I look at these small beauties,
I am amazed at the craftsmanship and imagination
of the artists who made these tiny
treasures so long ago.
I feel blessed to own them and hope to pass them on
to the next generation.