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Silver Etui  - This is an exceptionally pretty and very high quality sewing set.  The tools include silver scissors, thimble and needlecase, as well a beautiful cut crystal scent bottle with a silver top and its original crystal stopper.   The bodkin is missing and the thimble is probably a replacment, although a very good one.  

All of the tools are in very good condition and with the exception of the thimble, original to the set.  The leather box is showing its age.  It appears that the lid has been re- attached to the box at some time, but it is easily the best repair I have ever seen on this type of box.   It is only discernable by looking closely at the back of the box.                                                                                       $1495.00           

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Tartan Ware Thimble Case - Tartan ware  was very popular in the late 19th cen- tury as souvenirs for the wealthy to bring home from their holiday in Scotland. This piece bears the clan name of Stuart and it features a lovely little clasp.  There is a silver thimble inside which fits the thimble case very nicely.  Measuring 1 1/4" wide by 1 5/8" deep by 1 3/4" high, the thimble case is in very good condition.                                                                                                                                                                                            $285.00

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Silkwinder Set - These lovely silkwinders are made of bone.  They are quite beautiful and it is very rare to have a matched set of six winders.   The only condition problem is a bit of yellowing around the edges.                                                                                    $385.00

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Figural Pincushion - This charming little pincushion is carved from bone in the shape of a tiny wheelbarrow.   It measures 2" wide by 1 1/4" high, and features its original blue silk ribbon edge and a movable wheel on the front.   The silk is in excellent condition with only two tiny pin holes.                                               $245.00

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Silver Compendium  - Unfortunately, this elegant little silver compendium is missing the thimble that would have fit on the top of the piece.  But other than that, everything is original and as it should be.  There are two reels, which unscrew to reveal a storage compartment for wax wafers. That compartment unscrews to reveal the needlecase.  But the most wonderful part of this splendid piece is the elaborate and ornate family crest on the bottom of the compendium.  The wax wafers from the center compartment would have been used with this stunning wax seal on the bottom to add the seal to letters and correspondence.  I wish I could figure out who this compendium belonged to by researching the crest, but I don't know how to do that.

The compendium itself is smaller than one would expect, which makes it all the more lovely and a bit rare. It measures just under 2 3/4" in length.  Other than the missing thimble, there is no damage that I can see.  There are no dings in the silver and the crest is showing no fading at all.  While we would obviously love to still have the original thimble, its loss does put the price on the compendium into a much more affordable range.

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"The Bee Case" Avery - In the first half of the 19th century a man by the name of William Avery began selling his needles in wonderfully creative figural brass needle cases. This one depicts a very realsitic bee on a leaf, named simply "The Bee Case". His needle cases were many and varied and they were immediately collected for their charm and beauty. 

This particular avery is pictured on page 1 of the book Victorian Brass Needlecases by Estelle Horowitz and Ruth Mann. It measures 4 1/4" in length and 4 1/4" in width at its widest spot. The needle packets would have been inserted on the back of the two wings leaving the inside body to hold loose needles and pins after the packets were opened.

At some point, someone put a small hole in the top center leaf, I assume in order to hang it on a wall.  There are no other issues to the condition of the needle case, although the top of the bee feels just a bit loose as you open the case. It is however, well attached to the bottom of the case.  This avery is certainly one of the more desireable averys we know of today, due to the beauty and realism of its lovely design.

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Tartan Ware Thimble Case - This tartan ware thimble case is egg shaped and also stamped with the clan name of Stuart.  It fits together tightly and it is in excellent condition. The gold braid on the tartan pattern is especially pretty. There is a silver thimble inside, although it is impossible to know if it is original to the thimble case. It measures 2 1/4" in length and approximately 1 1/4" in diameter.                                                                                                                                                                         $265.00

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18 kt. Gold Needle Case - This lovely gold needle case is both simple and elegant. It fea- tures a pattern of four dots repeat- ed from the top to the bottom of the case. The top fits snugly to the bottom, and the needle case is in good condition.                                                                                                                                               $235.00

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Black Shagreen and Silver Etui   - This rare sharkskin etui is circa 1780 - 1800.   The black shagreen etuis are even more rare than the green ones.  This one is also very special because it has some very unusual pieces.   The tools include a two page  aide memoire with some writing on it (too faded to read, I'm afraid), scissors with silver fingerholes, silver penknife, bodkin/earspoon, stiletto (a replacement), tweezers/file, and a miniature silver compendium.  The compendium piece is extremely rare.  The third picture shows the compendium opened.   It features three reels, a thimble, a needlecase, and the stopper of the needlecase which is actually a tiny ink pen.  This is an extremely special etui.

The condition of the etui is quite good.   It is missing one very small piece. One point of the scissors has a tiny break - almost not noticible.  The sharkskin has two small missing pieces ( near the bottom.).  The silver top of the etui has a few dents on the very top and the slotted silver piece will lift off the the etui, but then it fits right back on.   That too, is not noticible unless you are looking for it.   I am being very picky and mentioning very minor problems to the condition.                                                                                                $1895.00            

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