Fern ware was a variation of Scottish souvenir ware. It appears to have been introduced in the 1870’s but it was never as popular as Mauchline ware. Actual ferns from the Isle of Arran were originally used as a stencil. The ferns were attached to the wooden background, the whole item spattered with a pigment, and when dry and the fern was removed, the fern outline was highlighted by hand. Seaweed was also used in this manner but this time-consuming process was replaced by fern patterned paper glued to the wooden objects in the later years.

This fern ware thread waxer is 1” in diameter x 1 3/8” tall. It is a turned wooden spool onto which the wax has been adhered. A lovely central fern image surrounded by small fern leaves decorates the top and bottom.

Despite some tiny dings in the turning and the wax that are difficult to see but visible in the enlargement, the waxer is in very good condition. It would make an excellent addition to your collection of 19th century sewing tools or souvenir ware. Please examine the pictures and feel free to email me if you have any questions.

While you are here, do enjoy the other sewing items and souvenir ware I have available for sale at this time. Thank you for visiting my shop today.


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Forget Me Not Antiques

19thc Fernware Thread Waxer


    Sentimental memorabilia, books, sewing treasures and dolls of the 19th and early 20th centuries
    Forget Me Not Antiques specializes in the mementoes of women and children from the Victorian and Edwardian eras


    since 2020


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    Susan Voake
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    Norwich , VT This Shop is rated Platinum - 1,000 or more sales Platinum Ruby Lane Exclusive since 2020

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