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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.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $1250.00

                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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  #8041                         

Tartan Ware Thimble Case -

Made in the second half of the 19th century, Scottish tartan ware was very popular with the British aristocracy spending their sum- mers in Scotland.  When Queen Victoria travelled to Balmoral Castle, the aristocracy would follow.  They frequently came home with tartan ware pieces for gifts or souvenirs.  The pieces labeled with the clan name are particularly treasured today.
 

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This lovely piece is is made with the McPherson tartan, which is fairly rare. It features a beautiful gold braid around the base and has a silver thimble inside. It is in very good condition with only one minor ding on the top edge and a bit of wear to the paper on the bottom of the case.                                                                                                                                                          $335.00

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Silver Scissors -
These fine em- broidery scis- sors measure 3 3/4" in length and have a very elegant look.  They are French, circa 1890, and they are of very high quality.  They are in excellent condition. The blades are tight and sharp and the tips meet nicely.                                                                                                        $265.00

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Steel Scissors -
Stunningly lovely, these impressive steel scissors were made in the Campo- besso region in Italy by Italian scissors maker, Bartolomeo Ter- zano.  They are circa 1870-1890. They measure 4 7/8" in length.  Ornate Italian steel scissors are some of the prettiest you will find. There is some tarnish on the blades, but they are otherwise in good condition.                        $320.00

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Tartan Ware Aide Memoire - To satisfy the demand for Scottish souvenirs, the Scots began to use their tartans for the decoration of gifts and mementos.  Tartan patterns were applied to everything from pin discs and thimble cases to picture frames, books and even furniture.

This aide memoire is fairly unusual because it is larger than you would expect it to be. It measures 3 3/8" x 2 1/8".  It has four hinged pages made of some type of paper/board that is similar to a very strong cardstock. I'm not actually sure what the material is, but it is not ivory or bone as you would expect.

There is some noticable damage on the back of the aide memoire (see picture #3). The paper has peeled away a bit on both the left and right middle edges and there are also a few dings. The front of the aide memoire looks quite good.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        SOLD              

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  #8035                         

Tartan Ware Thimble Case -

This beautiful tartan ware thimble case is another very rare tartan. It is the McDonald pattern and that makes this piece quite special. Not only is it a lovely plaid, but it also features four vertical bands of gold braiding. The silver thimble inside has a beautiful sunburst type pattern and it is in excellent condition.  The case measures 1 3/4" high x 3/4" in diameter at the top. 
 

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The condition of the thimble case is very good.  There are only very minor scratches to the finish and you have to look very closely to even see those.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                $285.00

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  #8027                         

Mother of Pearl Figural Needle Case - 

Hand carved from mother of pearl, this amazing needle case is stunningly rare. It is a wonderful rendition of a bearded Turkish soldier. He is wearing the wide pantaloons and turban that are characteristic of a desert soldier. Carving so much detail into a delicate piece of mother of pearl could only have been done by a very accomplished artist.  So this needle case is very rare and quite special.  
 

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The top of the needle case is a bit darker than the bottom of the needle case. This was probably caused by the fact that the carver used two different pieces of mother of pearl. The inside connection of the needle case has a piece of white tape around it.  The tape is not meant to hold anything together. The inside is intact. I think it is simply there to give the needle case a tight, snug fit.                                                                                                                                                                                                                    SOLD

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Gilt Chatelaine - This magnificent chatelaine is circa 1780.  And amazingly, it still has its original thimble! For a chatelaine of this age and type to have all of the original tools in the etui is pretty rare, but for it to have its original thimble in the thimble case is almost unheard of. The thimble by itself is quite valuable and highly collectable. The buckle of the chatelaine features a shepherd with his sheep, while the decoration on both sides of the etui case feature cherubs frolicking. Clearly, this is very classical decoration.  The chatelaine measures 6" from top to bottom.   

The tools inside the etui include scissors, penknife, bodkin, pencil case with its original pencil, and a two page aide memoire.  The second small case was probably used for threads or as a patch case. One handle of the scissors is loose but the tools are all otherwise in good condition. The chatelaine including all three cases is also in good condition. The button closure works well but doesn't seem to move much.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         $2875.00                

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