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Mother of Pearl Chatelaine - This exquisite gilt and mother of pearl chatelaine is both rare and beautiful.  It consists of  a central etui holding multiple tools and two side cases that are now empty.  The gilt tools in the etui include scissors, snuff spoon, bodkin/earspoon, tweezers, nail file, pencil case (with the tiny original pencil) and an bone aide memoire.  One of the two side cases would have held a thimble while the other one was probably a patch box. A patch was the little black beauty mark that 18th century ladies wore on their faces.   The chatelaine also features a buckle on the back of the top medallian so that it could be worn over a belt or ribbon at the waist.  This stunning chatelaine is circa 1730-1740.

The mother of pearl is etched with graceful swirls and flourishes. The etching on the gilt is both ornate and elegant. It's simply impossible to describe how stunningly beautiful this chatelain is, and the pictures don't do it justice. A similar chatelaine is pictured in three different places in the wonderful book entitled Chatelaines by Nerylla Taunton and Genevieve Cummins. That one is pictured in Colour Plates 15 & 187 as well as on the cover of the book. And the book mentions a similar mother of pearl chatelaine that can be viewed in the Jewellery Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, England. 

The chatelaine itself is in very good condition. The tools are all in good condition. The ivory aide memoire will occaisionally slide down a bit in the inside of the case, but if you are careful when you push it into the case, it sits up just fine. It's also not difficult to retrieve it with a pair of tweezers if it slips down.                                                                                                                                                                                           $4650.00                

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Gold Needlecase - 

Decorated with scrolls and florals, this lovely 18kt. gold needlecase is probably French in origin.  In the 19th century, the gold being used in France was almost always 18kt. This beautiful needlecase measures 2 1/2" in length. The overall look is one of delicate  elegance. 
 

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Because needles were very highly valued at the time, it was important for a needlecase to have a nice tight fit. And generally, the longer the inside connection, the higher the quality of the needlecase.  This one has both a snug fit and a nice long connection. There are no visible dents, dings or other issues with the condition of the piece.                                                                                                                                                        $265.00

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Silver Scissors Case -  Bearing the hallmark for Daniel Pettifer, Birmingham, England 1849, this stunning little scissors case features beauti- fully engraved ornate scrolls and an empty cartouche.  The scrolls and flourishes fill both sides of the case and even the edges have a delicate engraved pattern. But what makes this scissors case quite special is it's size. It measures just 3" in length and 1 1/4" at its widest point.  That is tiny for a scissors case which makes this one very rare.  The inside of the case is lined in a red fabric. 

There is one very small dent just to the right of the cartouche and the inside fabric lining is showing a bit of wear. This scissors case is otherwise in very nice condition.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $495.00

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Figural Needlecase -

This stunning mother of pearl needlecase is one of those very special pieces that you never expect to see. They are so very, very rare. The carving is beautifully detailed to the point that the collar around the dog's neck is clearly visible, as are his facial features and the grain of the fur around his shoulders. This needlecase is a beautiful work of art.  
 

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There are however, some issues to the condition of this wonderful needlecase.  On one side, there is a crack that runs from the back of his ear diagonally down to his belly area (where the needlecase naturally separates).  There is also a crack on the inside connection of the two pieces. Both damaged areas look solid and strong.  The first picture shows the crack behind his ear and the second picture shows the crack on the inside. He can of course, easily be dis- played on his undamaged side. 

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