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Ladies Companion - This lovely sewing set has a beautiful gold embossed leather case, which measures 1 7/8" x 5/8" x 4 1/4" high.   Inside the case there is a gilt bodkin, needlecase, scissors and a replacement brass thimble.   The scissors are particularly beautiful.                     

There are only two minor problems to the condition of this wonderful set.  The leather over the hinge of the case is cracked, showing the metal hinge.  The inside fitted part of the case is actually made of wood covered in velvet.   Over the years, the wood has swollen and the pieces now fit quite tightly in the case.  In order to remove the bodin and the needlecase, you have to slide out the inside of the case and push them out from the bottom.  The inside piece slides in and out easily.   There are no other problems to the condition of this ladies companion.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $950
                                                                                                                     New Price   $765            

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  #6252                         

Miniature Thimble Holder - This piece is positively amazing!   Carved from bone in the shape of a ladies vanity table, it holds a tiny pincushion, a darning egg and a silver thimble.  The  "mirror" of the vanity has a  picture of a mountain scene.   It is labeled with a town name, but the name is actually too tiny to read.      

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It is difficult to describe the scale of this piece.  It measures just 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/2" high.  The darning egg measures just 1 1/8" long.  The carving is ornate and delicate at the same time.  The silver thimble is probably a replacement, but it fits the opening very well.  It is a bit bent, but still in good condition otherwise. It has no holes.  The pincushion appears to be original as is the darning egg.                                                                                                                 $310
                           New Price    $225

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#6303 

Filigree Aide Memoire - This wonderful figural silver filigree aide memoire has four bone pages.  The fan shaped little notebook measures 2 1/2" long and and is missing its pencil.  This type of silver filigree work was popular in the 19th century.
                                                       $215
                                   New Price   $145

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#6298 

Natural Shell Tatting Shuttle - This shuttle is actually quite large for a tatting shuttle.   It measures 3 1/2" long and 1" wide at the widest point.   There is a very small nick in the shell that is visible in the picture.                                                                                                   $95
                                       New Price $65

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  #6326                         

Sewing Casket  - This beautiful sewing box has a wonderful bit of provenance that comes with it.  Inside the drawer of the box is a handwritten note which reads, "Uncles's first gift to his sweetheart that he made by himself when he was apprentised 1843.  Had red velvet pincushion".     

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The box is inlaid with maple and features a beautifully crafted drawer with an ornate metal pull.     

It measures 5 1/2" x 3" x 4" high and, as the note mentions, the pincushion has been replaced.  It is in lovely condition as it has obviously been a treasured family heirloom for a very long time.                                                                                  $475
                                   New Price  $285

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Scent Etui - This "treasure chest" contains two lovely perfume or scent bottles.  The box is wood with contrasting trim that is wood as well, and metal rivets or buttons on top of the trim.   It measures 3 3/4" by 2 3/4" by 4" high.   Its maker paid a great deal of attention to detail resulting in a charming etui.               

There is a bit of damage to some of the white trim, particularly around the keyhole.   The box still has its original key and the lock does turn, but it does not seem to actually lock the box.  Both of the bottles are in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.                                                           $285
                                                                                                   New Price         $145            

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Mother of Pearl  Needlecase - This is classic example of a palais royal needlecase made in the shape of a quiver of arrows. Unfortunately, the pictures do not do its beauty justice. It measures 4 " in length and is missing its enamel pansy, but is otherwise in excellent condition.
                                                                                                               $485
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$310

     #6128 - Piano Workbox

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This incredible figural sewing workbox is

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                                                        made in the form of a lovely piano.   It measures 11 3/4" x 7" x 6" high.  The grain of the wood used is quite beautiful, as are the bone piano keys.   The piano stands on four lovely and delicately turned dark wood legs.     

The inside lid has a chenille edged mirror which is fairly cloudy.   The velvet-lined fitted tray holds the following sewing tools:  silver scissors, stiletto, needlecase and thimble (a replacement), steel tweezers/earspoon and a second pair of scissors, and a cut crystal scent bottle with its original stopper and a silver top.   In addition there are two wonderful pincushions with metal embroidery and silver spangles. 

The four circular mirrors in the tray would probably have held four mother of pear silkwinders, which are missing.   One of the small mirrors is missing its chenille edging and there is also a bodkin missing. 

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But, all of the other tools are there and are original (except the thimble).   The silver scissors have been repaired.  There would also have originally been a music movement in the bottom of the box, which is missing.   In spite of a few condition problems, this is still a lovely and rare sewing workbox.                                                                                                                       $3675
                 New Price    $2485

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#6069

Tunbridgeware Box - This lovely little box was made in the spa town of Tun- bridge Wells, England.   Artisans inlayed many little pieces of natural colored woods to create the stunning marquetry or mosaic patterns.  This beautiful box measures 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/4".  It is in very good condition.
                                                                                                           $225
                                                                                   New Price      $145

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