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New Books About Avery Needle Cases

Terry Meinke has dedicated the past eleven years to researching Avery style needle cases.  In addition to this website she has written and published three books, My Avery Needle Case Collection in 2012, A Guide to Collecting Avery Needle Cases - Second Edition in 2020 (the first edition was published in 2017) and Histories of the Redditch Area Manufactures Associated with Avery Needle Cases also published in 2020.  Whereas her first book was more of a photobook with a bit of research, the new books are more focused on research with a bit of photographs.  The purpose in writing the second book was to document much of the content on this website into book format.  The second edition was written in 2020 in order to update the original with all of the new information uncovered between 2017 and 2020.  Additional Terry thought it was important to understand the histories of the companies involved with Avery needle cases, and as a result spent several years researching and writing the histories of these companies in the Redditch area.   More details about each book are listed below:

A Guide to Collecting Avery Needle Cases - Second Edition - published in 2020

Terry Meinke has dedicated the past eleven years to researching Avery style brass needle cases.  This second edition of her collector’s guide includes all of the new material uncovered since the original book was published in 2017.  It is filled with detailed information including a master list, 285 color photographs and 35 patent drawings.  It starts with an introduction that not only defines what makes something an Avery needle case, but also explains the registration process used in the UK during the part of the Victorian Era (1867-1897) when these items were produced.  All of the needle manufacturers, designers/patentees and licensees/agents involved with these needle cases are covered as is the history of when and by whom the individual designs were created.  Other topics include: the origin of W. Avery & Son and 19th century descriptions of the company, variations in designs, missing pieces and replaced parts, a chart showing which designs are the rarest and which are the most common, and a discussion of the factors that influence their value today.  A comprehensive bibliography documenting all of the sources used in the book’s preparation is included..  This book is a must have for needle case enthusiasts, collectors and other interested parties!  A preview of the book is available at the publisher's website, just click on the order online link below.  Don’t delay, get your copy today.

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Softcover: 264 pages including a 34-page bibliography
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in, 21 x 26 cm
Paper: standard book paper with 285 color photographs and 35 patent drawings
Publisher: Self-published by the author at blurb.com (June 2020)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-71-504478-7

Price: $54.99 US or £40.08 GBP (tax and postage extra). Always check the blurb.com webpage heading to see if there is a discount code you can use to reduce the price.

Order online in the USA directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10165434-a-guide-to-collecting-avery-needle-cases-second-e.

Order online in the UK directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10165434-a-guide-to-collecting-avery-needle-cases-second-e.

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Histories of the Redditch Area Manufacturers Associated with Avery Needle Cases - published in 2020

After three years of extensive research, Terry Meinke created this book to document the histories of the 25 Redditch, UK area manufacturers associated with Avery needle cases.  These companies either patented or manufactured stamped brass needle cases or had their name placed on one during the time period in which these items were produced, 1867-1897.  Due to the number of Redditch companies involved, this book is divided into two volumes, with the companies listed in alphabetical order.  Volume I contains Avery, Bartleet, Booker, Croft, English, Gould, Hall, Harper, Harrison and Hayes and Volume II includes Holyoake, James, Johnson, Laight, Milward, Morrall, Newhall, Smith, Thomas, Townsend, Turner, Wacker, Welch, Woodfield and Wyers. The goal was to write a short history about each company focusing on the 19th century and wherever possible include examples of advertisements, drawings, photographs, etc. f rom the Victorian Period related to these companies.  Each chapter is divided into three parts: History, Images and Genealogy. The History portion is further subdivided into a Company section and an Owner’s section because no company history would be complete without trying to locate information about the owners.  Visits were also made to the original factory locations to see what the areas look like today and photographs of these places are displayed in each chapter’s Images section.  Over 800 footnotes are included to document the sources and references used in preparing these histories.  Previews of both volumes are available at the publisher's website, just click on the order online links below.

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Softcover: Volume I has 250 pages and Volume II has 266 pages
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in, 21 x 26 cm
Paper: standard book paper with over 250 drawings or color photographs in Volume I and 280 drawings or color photographs in Volume II
Publisher: Self-published by the author at blurb.com (June 2020)
Language: English
ISBN: Volume I: 978-1-71-512058-0 and Volume II: 978-1-71-512066-5

Price: Volume 1: $52.89 USA or £38.68 GBP (tax and postage extra). Always check the blurb.com webpage heading to see if there is a discount code you can use to reduce the price.

Order Volume I online in the USA directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10187319-histories-of-the-redditch-area-companies-associat.

Order Volume I online in the UK directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10187319-histories-of-the-redditch-area-companies-associat.

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Price: Volume II: $55.29 USA or £40.28 GBP (tax and postage extra). Always check the blurb.com webpage heading to see if there is a discount code you can use to reduce the price.

Order Volume II online in the USA directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10187332-histories-of-the-redditch-area-companies-associat.

Order Volume II online in the UK directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/10187332-histories-of-the-redditch-area-companies-associat.

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My Avery Needle Case Collection - published in 2012

In April 2012, after 22 years, the companion book to Estelle Horowitz and Ruth Mann’s “Victorian Brass Needlecases” was written.  “My Avery Needle Case Collection” by Terry Meinke is an oversized hard-cover book produced on high quality paper.  It is filled with interesting information about the way in which needles and needle cases were manufactured during the Victorian period and includes color photographs of the author's personal collection which at the time of publication consisted of 97 different needle cases collected over a 20 year period.  “My Avery Needle Case Collection” contains seven chapters, an appendix and a bibliography documenting all of the sources used in its preparation.  The table of contents is displayed below.

Product Details

Hardcover: 81 pages including a 12 page bibliography
Dimensions: 12 x 12 in, 30.5 x 30.5 cm
Paper: high quality paper with over 300 color photographs
Publisher: Self-published by the author at shutterfly.com (April 2012)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0-615-60456-5
Price: Varies depending upon the printer's cost which was $99 US in the past, but could be slightly more now.  For more information contact us.

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A Guide to Collecting Avery Needle Cases - First Edition - published in 2017

This is the first edition of Terry's collector’s guide which was publihed in 2017.  Although it contains much of the same information as her second edition above, it does not include the data uncovered in the three years since it was originally published.  We strongly recommend you purchase the second edition, listed above.

This book is filled with detailed information including a master list, 243 color photographs and 36 patent drawings.  It starts with an introduction which not only defines what makes something an Avery needle case, but also explains the registration process used in the UK during the part of the Victorian Era (1867-1897) when these items were produced.  All of the needle manufacturers, designers/patentees and licensees/agents involved with these needle cases are covered as is the history of when and by whom the individual designs were created.  Other topics include: the origin of W. Avery & Son and 19th century descriptions of the company, variations in designs, missing pieces and replaced parts, a chart showing which designs are the rarest and which are the most common, and a discussion of the factors that influence their value today.  A comprehensive bibliography documenting all of the sources used in the book’s preparation is included.

Product Details

Softcover: 246 pages including a 34-page bibliography
Dimensions: 8 x 10 in, 21 x 26 cm
Paper: standard book paper with 243 color photographs and 36 patent drawings
Publisher: Self-published by the author at blurb.com (March 2017)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-36-621577-2
Price: $59 US or approximately £47 GBP (tax and postage extra). Always check the blurb.com webpage heading to see if there is a discount code you can use to reduce the price.

Order online directly from the publisher at www.blurb.com/b/7819620-a-guide-to-collecting-avery-needle-cases.

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Master List

To date 227 Avery style needle cases have been discovered.  Visit these pages to see photographs of each design as well as the original design registration or patent and gain knowledge about variations within each design.

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Avery Survey

In 2013 an Avery Survey was created in order to gather as much information as possible about Avery style needle cases from collectors and interested parties around the world.  The Avery Survey is easy to complete and gives you a chance to contribute to this important research.  Be sure and stop here to see the survey results.

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About Us

Learn how the author turned a hobby cross stitching antique sampler reproductions into a passion for collecting Avery needle cases resulting in a published book, a Wikipedia article, a TCI Bulletin article and conference presentation and this website.

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