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Gilt Etui  - This beautiful gilt etui is circa 1730 and was probably originally part of an impressive chatelaine. It still retains the small hook at the top of the case that would have been attached to a chain on the chatelaine.  It is fairly rare to find an 18th century chatelaine that still has its etui, so it is not surprising that this one has lost its chatelaine. One side of the case features a lovely lady in court dress, while the other side shows a seated gentleman in similar dress.

The tools inside the small case include scissors, pencil case and a bone aide memoire. There are two pieces missing from the case. There would also have been a bodkin and a penknife.  In the second picture, I tried to show you that the case still looks fairly full, in spite of missing two pieces.

The condition of the case is good. The hinge is strong and tight and the button closure works, although not particularly well. The gilt is only a bit worn. The scissors need to be sharpened, but they work well, and the pencil case and the aide memoire are in excellent condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                           $645
                                                                                                     New Price        $450                

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  #7043                         

Pin Disc -  Pin discs or pinwheels as they were sometimes called, were very popular in Victorian England and they were a nice variation on a standard pincushion.  The pins are placed around the edges of the disc which leaves the back and the front of the disc for something decorative. 
 

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 This one features an unusual portrait of a finely dressed gen- tleman, most likely a member of the aristocracy.

The bevelled mirror on the back of the pin disc is cracked and a bit tarnished. So, it's not very pretty on the back, but the front of the pin disc is quite beautiful and it is otherwise in good condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $185
                                                   New Price    $150

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Silver Stiletto  - It is very unusual for a stiletto to have its own case and I doubt that this one is original to the stiletto.  I suspect that this case was originally used for a gentleman's stickpin.  But what a clever way to make this stiletto even more special.  It looks wonderful in the case.
 

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The stiletto is in very good condition with only a bit of tarnish on the very sharp blade.  The silver pattern is filled with swirls and snow- flake like designs.  It measures two inches in length. The charming box shows a bit of wear on the outside and is velvet and satin lined. The button closure works well.                                                                                                                                   $145
                                                       New Price    $120

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Figural "Bird" Scissors -
These beautiful steel scissors feature two wonderful birds and very ornate finger holes with swirls and foliage. They measure 4" in length and they are in very good condition. The blades are tight and sharp and they cut well. There is only a bit of tarnish on the handles.
                                                                                                                               $375
                               New Price   $275

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Figural Emory  - This charming  little emory is made of bone and vegetable ivory.   The fabric on the emory is original.   One of the bone legs of the chair is a bit shorter than the other three although it still balences well.
                                                 $175
                           New Price    $145

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Just Cross Stitch Magazine - the First 15 Years  - This collection of the early years of this very well known and loved needlework magazine is a very rare opportunity to own a piece of the history of cross stitch in the United States.  As most needlewomen know, in the late 1970's Ginny Thompson began to bring the popularity of cross stitch back to the US. In mid 1983, Symbol of Excellence Publishers published the first issue of Just Cross Stitch Magazine, a magazine we still know and love today.  The editors of that first issue were Phyllis Hoffman, Juanita Martinez, Barbara Cockerham and Janice Ritter. The cover photo on that first issue featured "Passenger Pigeons" by Ginny Thompson which you see pictured above.    

This is an almost complete set of the first 15 years of this wonderful magazine. It begins with Volume1, Number 1 May/June 1983 and it runs all the way through December 1997 with the exception of 3 issues. The collection is missing May/June 1993, September/October 1993 and January/February 1997. There are also 3 issues from 1998 and 1999 for a total of 88 issues of Just Cross Stitch Magazine.  Copies of issues from the first three or four years are literally impossible to find.  So this is a rare opportunity.

There are literally hundreds of charts designed by a "who's who" of designers within the world of cross stitch.  The other two issues pictured above feature cover designs by the Scarlet Letter and Sharon Cohen.  But that is just the tip of the iceberg.  Some of the others include designs by Merrily Beams, Darlene O'Steen, Alma Lynne, Teresa Wentzler, Dawn Bradford, Mary Beale, and Shepard's Bush just to name a few.  The shipping weight of the magazines is 50 lbs. The shipping cost should be in the range of $55 to $70 depending on the distance from my middle Illinois location.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $375
                                                                                                       New Price       $195                

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#6999 

Coquilla Nut Pincushion - Carved in the shape of a bas- ket, this lovely figural pincushion is carved from the coquilla nut which grows in South America. Coquilla nut or vegetable ivory is known as the "poor man's ivory".  This lovely pincushion is in excellent condition.                                                                                                   $165
                                 New Price  $110

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