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Vintage Bucilla Needlework Silhouette of a Couple and Dog, Made from Black Thread Embroidered on Blue Wool Background

Vintage Bucilla Needlework Silhouette of a Couple and Dog, Made from Black Thread Embroidered on Blue Wool Background

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Overview

  • Vintage item
  • Materials: Vintage Silhouette, Couple and Dog Silhouette, Bucilla Embroidery, Bucilla Kit, Bucilla Silhouette, Needlework Silhouette, Blue Wool Background Silhouette, Black and Blue Silhouette, Embroidery Silhouette, Black Thread Silhouette

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Description

This a large silhouette, made of black needlework on a pale blue piece of wool. Because of the density of the stitches, the needlework appears ‘from a distance’ to be paper cutouts. Up close, the beautiful needlework is very apparent. The silhouette depicts a man and a woman from another century, who are greeting each other, amidst a background scenery of trees and grass. The man, who is dressed in a top hat and tails, is carrying a cane and petting a dog. The dog is on a leash that is held by the woman, who is dressed in an equally fine manner. The woman is also holding a parasol. Even the very thin parasol handle and its fringes, the ribbon around the woman’s neck, the dog leash, and the cane are entirely created with black thread and a needle. This artwork was made from an embroidery kit by Bucilla. I believe that the kit number is 5371 (which is the number that was seen on the back of this item, when it was taken out of its frame).

In 1867, the Bernhard Ulman Company Inc. was founded. It was later renamed “Bucilla”, which is close to being an acronym of the original name. By the early 1900s, Bucilla was publishing patterns and selling products such as threads, needlepoint kits, and embroidery, crochet and knitting items. In the early and middle parts of the twentieth century, Bucilla was a prominent advertiser in McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine. The company changed hands several times. It was sold to its employees in 1922, to Indian Head Corporation in 1962, to Hannson Trust (a Swedish company) in 1966, to Armour-Dial (a division of Greyhound Corporation) in 1977, to private investors in 1983, and to Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation (a privately held New York investment company) in 1996. The 1996 purchaser placed it under the direction of Plaid Enterprises, where it continues to operate today. I do not know when this silhouette was made, but I have confirmed with Plaid Enterprises that silhouette kit number 5371 was not made in or after 1998, when Plaid began running the Bucilla brands. The style of this silhouette suggests that it was made at some time between the 1930s and the 1950s, when Bucilla embroidery kits were very popular. I saw a silhouette like this one, once before. That artwork had a very worn handwritten note attached to the back of the frame, indicating that it was given to someone in the 1930s, as a Christmas gift.

This silhouette is 15 1/8 inches (wide) by 12 1/8 inches (high).

This artwork is in excellent condition, with no stains, tears, fraying, or loose stitches. I recently had an acid-free matting put around the silhouette and acid-free paper put behind it. I put the silhouette back in its old wood frame, because the frame appears to be original. It has has nicks, scratches, and worn paint, which only add to the charm of this item. Although it looks like there is a very slight separation of the two ends of the frame, in the upper left corner, the pieces of wood are not loose and it does not appear that they are going to come apart.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

Please read the description and view the images, which are a part of the description. I will not accept a return, unless I made a material misstatement in describing the item or failed to disclose significant damage. In such an instance, if I am contacted within 4 days of the receipt of the item, I agree to accept a return, and the item is returned to me within 10 days of the receipt, I will provide a full refund and will also reimburse the buyer for reasonable return shipping costs (for which the method of return has been agreed upon, before the item is returned). If an item is damaged during the initial shipping, the buyer is responsible for communicating with (and submitting paperwork and proof of damage to) the shipper, so that a refund can be obtained. I will assist the buyer with obtaining compensation for the damaged shipment, to the extent that I am able to.
This a large silhouette, made of black needlework on a pale blue piece of wool. Because of the density of the stitches, the needlework appears ‘from a distance’ to be paper cutouts. Up close, the beautiful needlework is very apparent. The silhouette depicts a man and a woman from another century, who are greeting each other, amidst a background scenery of trees and grass. The man, who is dressed in a top hat and tails, is carrying a cane and petting a dog. The dog is on a leash that is held by the woman, who is dressed in an equally fine manner. The woman is also holding a parasol. Even the very thin parasol handle and its fringes, the ribbon around the woman’s neck, the dog leash, and the cane are entirely created with black thread and a needle. This artwork was made from an embroidery kit by Bucilla. I believe that the kit number is 5371 (which is the number that was seen on the back of this item, when it was taken out of its frame).

In 1867, the Bernhard Ulman Company Inc. was founded. It was later renamed “Bucilla”, which is close to being an acronym of the original name. By the early 1900s, Bucilla was publishing patterns and selling products such as threads, needlepoint kits, and embroidery, crochet and knitting items. In the early and middle parts of the twentieth century, Bucilla was a prominent advertiser in McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine. The company changed hands several times. It was sold to its employees in 1922, to Indian Head Corporation in 1962, to Hannson Trust (a Swedish company) in 1966, to Armour-Dial (a division of Greyhound Corporation) in 1977, to private investors in 1983, and to Dyson-Kissner-Moran Corporation (a privately held New York investment company) in 1996. The 1996 purchaser placed it under the direction of Plaid Enterprises, where it continues to operate today. I do not know when this silhouette was made, but I have confirmed with Plaid Enterprises that silhouette kit number 5371 was not made in or after 1998, when Plaid began running the Bucilla brands. The style of this silhouette suggests that it was made at some time between the 1930s and the 1950s, when Bucilla embroidery kits were very popular. I saw a silhouette like this one, once before. That artwork had a very worn handwritten note attached to the back of the frame, indicating that it was given to someone in the 1930s, as a Christmas gift.

This silhouette is 15 1/8 inches (wide) by 12 1/8 inches (high).

This artwork is in excellent condition, with no stains, tears, fraying, or loose stitches. I recently had an acid-free matting put around the silhouette and acid-free paper put behind it. I put the silhouette back in its old wood frame, because the frame appears to be original. It has has nicks, scratches, and worn paint, which only add to the charm of this item. Although it looks like there is a very slight separation of the two ends of the frame, in the upper left corner, the pieces of wood are not loose and it does not appear that they are going to come apart.

RETURNS AND REFUNDS

Please read the description and view the images, which are a part of the description. I will not accept a return, unless I made a material misstatement in describing the item or failed to disclose significant damage. In such an instance, if I am contacted within 4 days of the receipt of the item, I agree to accept a return, and the item is returned to me within 10 days of the receipt, I will provide a full refund and will also reimburse the buyer for reasonable return shipping costs (for which the method of return has been agreed upon, before the item is returned). If an item is damaged during the initial shipping, the buyer is responsible for communicating with (and submitting paperwork and proof of damage to) the shipper, so that a refund can be obtained. I will assist the buyer with obtaining compensation for the damaged shipment, to the extent that I am able to.

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