Gallery of Needlework Tools

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Gilt Etui  - Elegantly hand carved from bone, 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 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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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.                                                                                        $275

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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.
                                                       $175

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Bone Etui  - Carved from bone, the case of this etui features a gilt plaque on the front that has not been engraved.  The interior of the fitted case is lined in cream silk and purple velvet. The tools include silver scissors and thimble as well as a steel bodkin and a needlecase and stiletto with a bit of a wash on them.  The wash has mostly worn away, so the end result is that all of the tools look good together and good in the case. They are not however, all original to the case.  I think that the needlecase and stiletto are original while the other tools are replacements.  They are however, good replacements that fit the case very well.

The condition of the tools is good.  The condition of the case is only fair. The case does not close tightly and the two side edges have several gouges in the bone in addition to a small crack near the plaque on the top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $465              

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Sadelli Calling Card Case - This beautiful calling card case was made in India, probably for the English market.  It is bone inlaid with many micro-mini little pieces of sandlewood.  I cannot even imagine the amount of work which must have gone into this case.  It is truly beautiful.      

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There are a few cracks in the bone and on the top edge of the case, there is a fair amount of the little wood pieces missing.   It sounds worse than it looks.  The case is otherwise in good condition.   It measures 3" x 4" x 1/2" thick.                                                                                         $185

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Bone Etui  - Elegant is the perfect word to describe this gorgeous etui. From the carved bone case to the deep blue embossed velvet lining, to the 18kt gold tools this stunning set screams very high quality. The needlework tools include gold scissors, needlecase, stiletto and thimble.  The set would have originally included a bodkin, but that is no longer there.     

The bone case has a small repair in the upper left corner of the bottom of the case. You can see that in picture #2.  And there are a couple of small cracks on the back edges of the case. When closed, the case does not latch. The needlecase, stiletto and thimble are all in excellent condition. The scissors have been repaired on one of the swirl handles.  The repair does show, but the scissors are strong and sharp. They cut very well.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          $1275                

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Miniature Thimble Holder - This piece is positively amazing!   Carved from bone in the shape of a ladies vanity table, it holds a tiny pincushion, a darning egg and a silver thimble.  The  "mirror" of the vanity has a  picture of a mountain scene.   It is labeled with a town name, but the name is actually too tiny to read.      

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It is difficult to describe the scale of this piece.  It measures just 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/2" high.  The darning egg measures just 1 1/8" long.  The carving is ornate and delicate at the same time.  The silver thimble is probably a replacement, but it fits the opening very well.  It is a bit bent, but still in good condition otherwise. It has no holes.  The pincushion appears to be original as is the darning egg.                                                                                                               $225

                                                                       #6431                                                                                          

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Miniature Scent Etui - Actually, miniature doesn't really begin to describe the size of this exquisite little etui.  It measures 1 7/8" tall and 1 1/4" wide.   I have tried to give you an idea of its tiny scale by including the quarter in the pictures.   The case is made of beautiful bone with gold fittings.  The third pictures shows the etui from the back edge so that you can see the gold hinge.  The cut crystal scent bottle inside the etui is a miniscule 7/8" high (including the stopper) by 5/8" wide.  This is really tiny!   And the hand cut crystal sparkles and shines.  The inside of the case is lined in pink velvet.     

There is a hairline crack in the bone on the back of the case which is visable in the second picture.  The hinge and the button closure both work well.   The scent bottle is in very good condition although the cap is missing.   It still has its original stopper which pulls out of the tiny bottle with ease.  There are no cracks or chips in the crystal.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           $365                

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Figural Needlecase - Carved of bone, and trimmed with mother of pearl and steel spang- les, this wonder- ful needlecase looks like a grandfather clock.   There are a few of the spangles missing, but no other problems to the condition of the piece.
                                                                                               $265

                                                                       #6694                                                                                  

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Bone Necessaire - This elegant necessaire features all original bone tools as well as the original steel scissors. The set is French and is circa 1850.  The lovely burled wood box still has its key which turns in the lock, but doesn't actually lock the box.   The fitted inner tray has a built in pincushion and the storage area retains its original paper lining.   The mirror may be a replacement.  The tools include:   bone needlecase, thimble, stiletto, toothpick, bodkin, two star shaped silkwinders and a pair of steel scissors.    

There are two hairline cracks in the thimble and the inside "pick" of the toothpick is missing.  But, the box and tools are otherwise in excellent condition.  The box measures 6 3/8" x 4 3/4" x 2 1/2" high.                                                                                                                                                                  $650            

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