Gallery of Needlework Tools
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Natural Shell Etui - This beautiful etui measures just 1 1/2" wide by 2 7/8" high by 3/4" thick.  There is a blank silver cartouche on both sides of the case.  The pieces inside of the elegant case include a lovely silver stiletto, a steel tweezers/file and a crystal scent bottle.  Interestingly, the scent bottle is cemented inside of the case and does not pull out.  I believe that is how it was made as the case was meant to be tipped upside down to use the scent.                    

There are a few small chips in the tortoise on both the top and bottom of the case, but as the shell is thicker than average, the case is not fragile at all.  The button closure works well and the stopper pulls out of the bottle easily.   In spite of the chips, the etui is in good condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                           $950
                                                                                                                 New Price     $595            

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Figural Pin- cushion - Made of heavy metal, this un- usual pincushion is mounted in a canoe.   The canoe is quite realistic with a rudder and  excellent detail on the both the inside and outside of the canoe.  The pincushion is original although the velvet is worn.   The canoe measures 5" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2" high.                                                                                 $160
                                   New Price     $55

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Gold Scissors  - These lovely 18kt. gold scissors feature an delicate etched design on the handles.   They measure 3 3/4" in length and they are in very good condition.
                                                   $395
                             New Price    $295

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#6447

Silver Filigree Calling Card Case - This beautiful filigree card case is circa 1835 and is pro- bably English.   The filigree is delicate and feminine in appearance.  The button closure works well and the hinge is strong.  The silver cartouche on each side is blank.  The case measures 2" wide by 3 1/8" high by 1/4" thick.
                                                                                                       $725
                                                                                 New Price    $385

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Natural Shell Needlecase - This stunning needlecase is made of natural shell inlaid with gold.  There are four bands of gold leaves trailing down the needle- case.  This is very elegant and one of the prettiest needlecases I have ever been able to offer.  I am constantly amazed by the sheer opulence of the sewing pieces made in the 19th century.  It measures 3 1/4" in length.       

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The condition of this lovely needlecase is very good.  It fits together tightly and there are no chips or cracks in the tortoise.   However, there are several of the tiny gold leaves missing.  This is a rare and lovely needlecase.                                                                                                          $475
                                 New Price    $325

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Natural Shell Scent Casket - This lovely scent casket holds two beautiful crystal bottles featuring wonderful enamel tops.   The casket itself is made of natural shell with brass edging and what I think is mother of pearl straps.   The interior of the casket is lined in silk and velvet and features a fitted opening for the two bottles.   It measures 3 1/2" x 2' x 2 3/4" high and sets on brass ball feet.                         

The shell is cracked in places and silk lining is a bit threadbare, but the bottles are in excellent condition with no cracks or chips.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $925
                                                                                             New Price      $625            

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Tula Work Etui - Tula work is a form of gilded decoration on steel, originating in Russia.   By clicking on the enlargement for the third picture, you can see how truly beautiful this technique is on sewing tools.   The tools inside the fitted case include wonderful steel scissors, thimble, needlecase, stiletto and bodkin.  All of the tools are original to the set.  The box is ebony inlaid with brass.                         

The condition of this set is very good.  There is a bit of wear in the tula work on the thimble, but no other problems to the condition of the tools.  The box has a hairline crack in the top middle (visible in the first picture), but no other problems.   The button closure works well.                                                                                                                                                                                                      $1250
                                                                                                           New Price       $825
                                

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