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Figural 'Book' Etui  - This stunning etui is made in the form of a gorgeous red leather book.  Words simply cannot describe the beauty of this wonderful box and my pictures don't seem to do it justice either. . The front and back covers of the volumn are identically embossed and the spine of the book gives the title "Oeurres De Millevoye".  I believe this translates to "Poems of Millevoye".  Hubert Millvoye was a French poet from the late 18th - early 19th century.  The 'pages' of the book are gilt and the ornate latch is stunning.   

Inside the beautiful book we find an ornate set of gilt tools including scissors, stiletto, needle case, and thimble. They are all original to the set with the possible exception of the thimble. It fits the opening in the box very well, but it is always difficult to be sure with sets of this type.       

The tools are in very good condition.  The scissors are still sharp and the thimble has no holes or dents. It is missing its bodkin as so many of these sets are. The box is also in very good condition with only a bit of wear on the gilt 'pages'. The set measures 5 1/4" x 3" x 1".                                                                                                                                                                                                           $765.00               

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  #8094                         

Mauchline Pin Disc -

Featuring two separate views of Dunoon, a seaside town situated on the Firth of Clyde in Scotland, this sweet little Mauchline pin disc retains its original velvet edging and silk ribbon.  Measuring just 1 1/2" in diameter, it is quite a bit smaller than most pin discs. Be- cause of its size, it looks quite delicate and is much prettier than other pin discs.
 

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In the late 19th century, when so many wealthy tourists were travelling from England to Scotland, these mauchline pieces became very popular souvenirs to bring home.  This charming piece is in very good condition with only a couple of scratches in the finish on one side.  .                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    $145.00

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Mauchline Double Emory -
The scene on this mauchline double emory is labeled "Esplanade Sidmouth" which again is another lovely seaside resort town on the coast of the English Channel. The emory features its original velvet cushions which are showing a bit of wear.                                                                                             $135.00

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Gold Stiletto -
This elegant gold stiletto is beautifully etched with swirls and flourishes on both sides.  The shape of the handle is both beautiful and unusual. It measures 3 1/2" in length and it is in excellent condition. The tip of the stiletto is quite sharp.                                                                                                                   $195.00

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  #8111                         

Mother of Pearl Needle Case - 

It is fairly unusual to see a gilt needle case trimed in mother of pearl, but I'm actually wondering why we don't see it more often. It is a lovely combination.  The gilt is elegantly etched in a wave pattern with the mother of pearl mounted in raised panels. The back and the front of the needle case are identical.  And of course, the mother of pearl gives a very pretty reflection of light and color.
 

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The needle case measures 3 1/2" in length. On the inside of the needle case there is some additional etching, including the script initials 'DA' on one side and some decorative etching on the other side.  It is pretty rare to see initials on a needle case, so this one was obviously treasured by its original owner. The condition of the needle case is good, although the gilt is wearing a bit mostly on the bottom.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              $265.00

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Gilt Etui  - Elegantly hand carved from ivory, the case of this etui features a lovely scripted initial "H" on the outside of the case. The case measures 4" x 2" x 1/2" and it is oval in shape.  The tools inside the etui include gilt scissors, stiletto, thimble and needle case. They are all original to the set including the thimble which is usually replaced in sets like this one.  The set is missing its bodkin.   

There are no cracks or chips in the ivory case which is actually quite beautiful.  The tools are also in very good condition. Both the scissors and the stiletto have sharp intact points and the scissors cut well. There are no holes or dents in the thimble and the needle case fits snugly. While the botton closure does seem to move when it is pressed, the lid does not catch so the case does not latch closed.                                                                                                                                                                       
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Tartan Ware Thimble Egg - 

Both Tartan Ware and Mauchline Ware were made in Scotland and both became very popular with wealthy tourists in the late 19th century. So popular in fact that they became a cottage industry for the Scots. Tartan Ware used many different clan tartan patterns on it, which makes it so fun to collect today.  This piece is labeled with the clan name "Stuart" and is embellished with a lovely gold braiding around the egg.
 

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The beautiful thimble inside the egg is actually fairly unusual. It is made of tombac.  Tombac is a brass alloy which was popular in Austria. So the thimble was probably made in Austria. It features a stunning three story house on one side and it is in excellent condition. The thimble egg has a small (slightly larger than a pin head) hole in the top center.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SOLD

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Steel Scissors with Sheath -

Ornate steel scissors like these are both rare and quite beautiful.  This pair is one of the most lovely I have ever seen.  They are simply stunning! The silver sheath was obviously added to the scissors later which gives them the feel of a chatelaine. 
 

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The scissors measure 4 1/4" in length and 4 1/2" including the sheath.  They are circa 1850.  The detail of the elaborate swirls on the handle is fabulous.  The silver sheath features more swirls and two lovely birds.  Both the scissors and the sheath are in good condition with a tiny little repair where the blades attatch to the handles. It's almost completely unnoticeable. It shows as a tiny speck of gold on the dark scissors (see picture #1).                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $375.00

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Steel Scissors Set -

I have never seen a matching set of three ornate steel scissors be- fore.  This set is quite rare and very beautiful.  The set is French, made in Paris. The stamp on the lid of the case reads, "E. Mauplot  3R. Boissy D'Anglas Paris".  The high quality and gorgeous work- manship of these scissors is obvious.  These were clearly made for a very wealthy client. Be sure to click on the enlarged photos. These pictures simply do not do justice to this set.
 

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All three pair of scissors are in excellent condition with the only issue being a bit of tarnish on the two larger pair. They are all sharp and they still cut well. The scissors measure 3 3/4", 5" and 5 3/4" in length. The case is showing some wear including a small water stain on the inner lid. This is a very special set.                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $1250.00

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Ladies Companion - Most of the late 19th century ladies companions that we see today are made of leather and they look like a book. Those are fairly common. But this ladies companion is way more beautiful and way more rare than they are. The lovely cobalt blue case looks very much like enamel. I'm not sure what it is actually made of but it is very beautiful. The gilt swirls and flourishes on the sides and top of the case, and the gilt fittings are gorgeous.     

Inside this wonderful case are a mirror, a scent bottle, a natural shell comb, a gilt thimble and scissors, an ivory toothpick/earspoon. an ivory stiletto and a steel bodkin.  In addition, inside the 'hidden compartment' under the pincushion, there is a waxer and a reel with two broken ends.  On the back of the mirror is a board which could be written on in pencil (like an aide memoire). 

The ivory pieces and the steel bodkin may or may not be replacements, but I think all of the other pieces are original to the set. The only condition issues that I can see in addition to the broken reel  are that the paper lining under the thimble has worn away and the button closure does not click shut. These are all minor issues so the set is in good condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               $585.00               

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