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Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

Late 19th C Wire Form

The Day I brought this piece home my husband remarked on its sculptural quality and asked me where we were going to display it.  This was another one of those instances where the heart is saying, “find a spot” and the head is saying “you bought it for resale, don’t get attached”.  So, for now, I’m enjoying it in the house as much as I possibly can before it leaves the collection.

Constructed of iron wire and tin on an iron base, this very rare and unusual wire form was probably used in a dressmaker’s shop or factory as a pattern form as it can contract and expand up or down several sizes.  One would do this by removing or stretching the horizontal wire “clips” that hold and help to space the vertical wires to form the desired size.  There are tin shoulder plated that can be moved into various and sundry slots to expand the form at that point as well.  There are other wires as well that adjust the neck opening.  It also opens on the stand such as an umbrella, with a push up motion and a catch for expansion and storage.  There are several holes in the base that suggest it was anchored to a table by bolting it down.

As it stands, it measures 29 inches tall, with the form itself accounting for 19 of those inches.   It now measures 15 inches wide and 6 inches deep.

It date to the late 19th/first quarter 20th C and was found in New England.

I am a collector of early mannequins and forms, and have seen the wire store display forms but have never seen one as clever as this one.  The only other such as this that I’ve seen was a full body one that I still lament I did not purchase.

To quote my husband, this is a very nice “piece of sculpture” that just happens to be a sewing object.  How much fun is that!

Price: SOLD

The items featured here are a small sampling of our inventory. If you are looking for a particular item, it may be in the shop so don't hesitate to contact me. Also, do check the photos under the "Shop & Shows" feature page, as you may spot an item in one of them that speaks to your collecting sensibility.

Also, don't hesitate to ask for more photos of a piece..Or ask as many questions as you like about it.

Terms and Conditions of Sale:

Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks. Personal checks require a 7 business day bank clearance period. Unless prior arrangements have been made, payment must be received within 7 days or item will be re-offered for sale.

I guarantee all items to be as described. I try to be as thorough and meticulous in my descriptions as possible, and will gladly send additional photos as well as answer any questions about a piece in order to avoid return of merchandise.

In the event there is a discrepancy with respect to an item's representation, I must be notified within 48 hours of receipt of the piece. Upon notification, and my approval, the item must be returned within 7 days in the condition it was received in order to receive a refund less shipping and insurance.

Pennsylvania residents must pay 6% sales tax unless they possess a valid resale number.

Shipping and Handling:
Purchaser is responsible for all shipping, handling and insurance costs. I ship via the best and lowest priced carrier for the piece. Pickup of items at The Black Angus in Adamstown, Pennsylvania is a possibility depending on circumstances.

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