Palais Royal Necessaire - In the early part of the 19th century, the finest needlework sets were being
made in Paris. When Louis Phillipe inherited the royal palace he turned one wing of the palace into a
shopping arcade which was known as the Palais Royal. Only the finest artisans were allowed to set up shop
there and they catered of course, to the wealthy aristocrasy. They were famous for making exquisite things from mother of pearl. This necessaire is one of those exquisite things.
The lovely satinwood box features faceted steel beading on the top and a velvet lined tray on the inside. The
tools inside include: a cut crystal scent bottle, mother of pearl handled scissors, stiletto, needlecase, two
gorgeous silkwinders, a replacement thimble with a glass top and a pincushion.
The box is slightly warped so it does not close completely. It is otherwise in beautiful condition. The scissors
have a tiny and minor weakness on the handle and one tip is broken off. The scent bottle is missing its inner stopper. The stiletto has a slight bend on the tip.