A fragile form of handiwork, quillwork consists of narrow strips of paper rolled into tiny scrolls and glued, one against the other, within a shadow-box frame to form a design. In this case, sconces for candles were attached to the front of each frame, and the glittering mica-covered quillwork magnified and reflected the candlelight. This sconce and its mate (48.158.12) was made by Eunice Deering of Kittery, Maine and is still in its original frame.
Inscription: inscribed on inside bottom of frame: N 3 [?] ; impressed on the back of brass plate holding candle arm: 1G K
Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1948