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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.                                                                                                                                                                              $235.00

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  #7074                         

Thimble in Case - 

This 19th century leather thimble case features a lovely "C" style hook closure and a deep purple velvet lining inside. The inside of the lid is lined in silk printed with  "Silversmith and Watchmaker     J. Savage  41 High Street  Kensington".
 

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The thimble is silver and looks to be a fairly small size. It is in very good condition with only one very small dent.  The case is showing a bit of wear to the leather and the hinge has been repaired.                                                                                                                                                                                              $85.00

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#7095 

Steel Scissors -
These pretty embroidery scissors are made of steel and feature fairly ornate finger holes.  They measure 3 1/2" in length and one of the tips is slightly bent, which prevents the tips from meeting.                                                                                             $75.00

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#7065 

Gilt Stiletto -
This stiletto features a lov- ely etched pat- tern and mea- sures 2 3/4" in length.  It is very similar to pieces I have seen in ivory cased etuis. It is in good condition although the tip is very slightly bent.                                                                            $140.00

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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            $75.00

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#7080 

Mother of Pearl Ear- spoon -
This beautifully etched mother of pearl ear- spoon probab- ly originally came from a palais royal workbox.  It features two toothpicks and an earspoon all made of gilt, which slide in and out of the handle easily.  It measures 2 1/4" in length.                                                                                    SOLD

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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.                                                                                                                $165.00

                                                                       #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.                                                                                                                                                                                                       $135.00                

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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.                                                                                                                                                          $240.00

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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.                                                                              $465.00

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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                      $265.00

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#7069 

Miniature Scissors -
These mini steel scissors are the tiniest of the tiny. They measure just 1 1/2" in length. They were most likely made to fit into a mini etui fitted into a walnut.  Scissors this tiny are very rare and quite difficult to find. They are in good condition although they are a bit tarnished.                                                                                                             SOLD

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#7067 

Tortoise Earspoon -
It is pretty rare to find an ear- spoon/tooth- pick made out of tortoise. 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 pro- bably have been owned by a wealthy gentleman or lady. It is in excellent condition.                                                                              $165.00

                                                                       #7081                                                                                          

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Ivory Etui - Carved from ivory, 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 ivory in addition to a small crack near the plaque on the top.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $585.00                

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