Pin cushions were another favourite tourist item at the turn of the century. Covered in extremely complicated relief floral motifs, pin cushions quickly became topics of conversation. The cushion was found to be useful for holding hat pins. To add to their souvenir value, artists often included the name of a place in the motif of the object. In this pin cushion dating from the late 19th century, the word "Montreal" appears in gold beads.
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