Like a witch in a bottle
Would you believe that this sewing pattern from the late 1930s/early 1940s is still SEALED? Its previous owner obviously never felt the need to caress its crisp tissue paper pieces. Which is all very disciplined. When I buy patterns I feel the need to look inside immediately. But with this pattern I’m being very good. I’m restraining myself. I’m sitting on my hands, even though I’m dying to look inside.
This temptation, in a random kind of way, reminds me of an artifact in the Pitt Rivers Museum here in Oxford: a witch in a bottle. This small silvered glass bottle has a label on it warning people not to open it because there’s a witch inside. You could open the bottle (if you dared) but then the object would be far less interesting- it would just be a bottle because, presumably, the witch would escape:
To open or not to open. That is the question. So I’m listing the pattern for sale in my store (along with a couple of other ones which are also still sealed!) and turning the dilemma over to someone else :) (Click on the pics for the listings.)