Silver Etui - This beautiful silver etui features five pieces including scissors, thimble, reel, penknife and stiletto.
It is missing the bodkin. Even though the pieces don't all match, I believe them all to be original to the set ( with
the possible exception of the thimble). The reason I believe this, is that all of the pieces fit the case perfectly,
although the stiletto may have been shortened and sharpened over time. It is very sharp and pointed which
makes me think it may have been sharpened. I think this red leather fitted box may have been made to fit the
pieces the needle woman already owned, rather than to fit a new set of tools, which explains why they do not
all match. And each of the tools are quite lovely. The scissors have a gorgeous and unusual pattern, the reel is quite elegant and the thimble is beautiful as well.
The condition of the tools is excellent. The scissors are sharp and cut very well. The thimble has no holes and
is perfectly round. The only issue with the condition of the tools is that the stiletto has been shortened by about
1/4 of an inch. The leather box is showing a bit of wear. It has darkened over the years and the "hinge" has
been repaired. But the repair is an excellent one. The back edge of the box has a piece of red leather added
to attach the two pieces. The added piece is very similar in color, works quite well and is very secure. The
button closure also works well.