This little antique disc style pin cushion is carved of real ivory in the form of a heart. It is carved in the Canton style showing Oriental people and landscape designs (different on each side). It has a beautiful old patina and grain pattern and was made in China for British import.
The cushion is red silk and intact. The design is pierced with a flower like design in the background and the red under lining shows through. There is a small edge chip on one side but it's pretty minimal. I put an arrow there as it's hard to see in the picture. The condition is excellent with no other damage. The heart measures 1 3/4" by 2" and has some old steel pins. Several needlework pieces of this style and age are shown on p. 84 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries".