Vintage Puzzle Box

So, it’s only 6:45 p.m. and I am in my sewing room. I’ve got my jammies on and am sipping a nice glass of wine. This is the kind of Happy Hour I like!

I don’t have anything far enough along to share with you but I’ve been meaning to post some of my cool vintage finds here for awhile so here you go!


This is a Puzzle Box from the turn of the last century. I have several of these, including one that dates back to the 19th century. This one is in the best condition and the only one currently complete. It took me awhile to collect all of the attachments. The last piece – the twisted-wired screwdriver (doh! I just noticed it’s not even in the photo!) – came all the way from England via Ebay!



If you are lucky enough to find one of these boxes you will be amazed at how well these 100-year old attachments shine up with a silver cloth (as long as there is no rust, that is). They look as good today as they did the day they were made.

Interestingly, each box was made by hand so no two are exactly alike nor is the placement of the attachment holders exactly the same in each. There are several different versions – I don’t remember off the top of my head which one this is.

These attachments are low-shank (or vertical in Singer-speak) so I could use them on my Featherweight if I wanted to. Honestly, I’m just happy to admire them and marvel at the pride of workmanship that went into making them.

It’s so adorable all folded up!



Filed under Sewing Machines, vintage

13 responses to “Vintage Puzzle Box

  1. What a fabulous collection! Thanks for sharing.

  2. A very nice collection you have. Except for the box, the pieces do look brand new.

  3. What fun! I think I’ll go make an Effen martini and join you for happy hour!

    Okay, well, it’s 9:00, not 6:15, so maybe it’s not happy hour, but close enough! 🙂

  4. Ooooh, likie, likie! I would mkae those attachments into table decor!

  5. I have a 1953 Singer 221 Featherweight and so i do appreciate that collection. I have a place in the UK where I can order parts like that or sets.
    Loved it!

  6. How interesting. It looks like there are feet for attaching bindings; and some sort of ruffler? I wonder if future generations will look at our attachments and be as fascinated.

  7. Gigi…what great finds!

    Thanks for taking such good pics and sharing (sharing the pics…doubt you’ll be sharing the feet, lol)

  8. Linda T

    Oh that is way too cool! I will have to keep an eye out for one of those at the antique auctions.

  9. Summerset

    Very interesting!

  10. So beautiful, those metal attachments. And so cleverly nestled together. Happy hour in the sewing room. Wearing jammies. My kind of fun, too!

  11. Phyllis

    That is so cool! Now I am off to have a glass of wine after being at a dance competition for 14 hours.

  12. I’ve never seen anything like this. I’d be interested to see how the box fastens, and how the 4 compartments are joined together. Any chance of a photo of these bits? Here’s hoping!