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  #7066                         

Vegetable Ivory Needlecase -

Measuring 3 1/4" in length, this decorative needlecase is hand carved from vegetable ivory. Sometimes referred to as " the poor man's ivory", vegetable ivory is actually carved from a nut that grows in South America. 
 

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The top of the needlecase screws on tightly, with the squeak that seems to be characteristic of all vegetable ivory pieces.  The needle- case is in good condition with no splits or cracks.  These were very popular tourists pieces that were shipped all over the world in the 19th century.   
                                                                                                                                                                                   $75
                                                         New Price   $60

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#7067 

Natural Shell Ear- spoon - It is pretty rare to find an ear- spoon/tooth- pick made out of natural shell.  This is a lovely example of a piece that speaks of a bygone era. The tiny earspoon on one end and the two toothpicks on the other end would probably have been owned by a wealthy gentleman or lady.  It is in excellent condition.
                                                   $165
                                 New Price   $85

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#7083 

Mother of Pearl Pen- Knife -
Measuring 3 1/4" in length, this gorgeous penknife is made of etched mother of pearl trimmed with silver.  The blade slides in and out of the handle quite nicely, but it is very dull and just a bit dented on the tip.
                                                       $165
                                   New Price  $125

                                                                       #7096                                                                                          

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Enamel Perfume Bottle  - This lovely enamel perfume bottle is strikingly feminine. It comes with its original box ( in pink of course!) and a tiny little funnel for refilling the bottle. The bottle measures 1 3/4 " from top to bottom.  The third picture shows the back of the bottle which is an amazing shade of blue that almost turns to lavender in some light.  While this piece is not as old as most of my offerings, I do believe it to be fifty to sixty years old and it is so lovely that I simply could not resist it.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $135
                                                                                                                   New Price     $95              

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#6823 

Mother of Pearl Silk- winder -
This stunning mother of pearl silkwinder is both delicate and elaborate. Measuring 2 3/8" x 1 3/4", it shows that lovely sheen that only comes from mother of pearl. There is one tiny piece of edging that is missing (see the upper left corner), but it is otherwise in very good condition.
                                                                                                                                 $240
                               New Price    $185

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#7079 

Mother of Pearl Scissors -
These elegant embroidery scissors were most likely made in the Palais Royal district in Paris.  The handles feature delicate foliage rising from the fingerholes to the blades.  They measure 2 3/4" in length, and they are in very good condition with only one tiny hair- line crack in one of the fingerholes.                                                                              $465
                                   New Price   $395

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  #7086                         

Scent Bottle -

This beautiful crystal scent bottle was most likely made for one of those fabulous Palais Royal needlework/travel boxes. It is a bit larger than most of the scent bottles you find in one of these boxes, measuring 3 1/2" x 1 3/4".  
 

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It still has its original crystal stopper and the outer cap is gilt. The bottle is quite heavy and is undoubtedly of high quality.  The con-    dition is excellent as I can't find any nicks or cracks in the crystal, and the gilt on the cap is showing only minor wear.                                                                                                                                                                                                                $265
                                                           New Price  $145

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  #5193                         

Leather Needle Display - This charming embossed red leather needle display undoubtedly came from a 19th century shop in London.  It shows the English royal coat-of-arms and lists the brand name of  "Shrimpton & Hoopers Needles".  It would have held needle packets in the size ranges of   "4 through 10". It measures 10 inches wide by 9 3/4" high.
                                                                
A shop display like this one is fairly rare and I don't think I have ever seen another one like it.  It would certainly make a wonderful display piece in a modern needlework shop or in any needlework collection.  The leather is showing its age a bit with several stains and a few dings along the edges. But surprisingly, there is very little wear to the lovely gold embossing.  Be sure to click on the enlarged image as the larger picture shows the real beauty of this charming display.                                                                                                                                                                              $235
                                                                                                         New Price      $165

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