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This interesting gadget is an illuminated darning mushroom, used for mending socks and other woollen items. The base is Bakelite whilst the upper domed portion is translucent phenolic. The top unscrews enabling the user to insert a battery into the handle to power the bulb.
Such devices are obviously useful for ensuring that the darning work is going to plan.
They were also extremely useful during wartime conditions, enabling the user to darn away whilst cooped up in the air-raid shelter where lighting would be poor.
There are a couple of small chips to the underside edges only, but otherwise the condition of this curious item is very good and complete.
Nice one for the collector and an authentic prop for the wartime re-enactor.
Product code: Z107