Date : XVIIIth century | Medium : chisel-finished iron inlaid with gold
A ‘shuttle’ was a small sewing instrument whose shape resembled that of a boat hull. It was used to make knots – a activity engaged in by noble ladies in the second half of the eighteenth century. These shuttles were decorated and sometimes openworked. This example depicts a young woman bearing aloft a flaming heart, flanked by a cupid set amidst foliage in which another cupid hides.