An old box of dressmakers' pins / New Jersey / Oct. 2007
This box is a treasure from an earlier era. A quarter pound of dressmakers' pins. Packed in a very sturdy cardboard box and Made in England.
From the 1937 and 1946 editions of Fabrics and Dress by Rathbone and Tarpley via fabricsnet:
“Ordinary pins are obtainable in papers. The better qualities of pins are usually sold by the box in ¼ lb. sizes. Box pin sizes are classified as bankers, large and coarse; dressmakers, medium; silk, finest with sharp points. Pins are made of steel or brass with a tin coating. Rust is less probable when the latter is used. In selecting pins for dressmaking, choose smooth, sharp-pointed ones.”