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Necessaire - This lovely necessaire has one of the most unusual boxes I have ever seen.  The rosewood box has a piece of convex glass on the top that covers a beautiful repousee' scene of cherubs frolicking in a forest, all surrounded by foliage and swirls.  It is both beautiful and unusual.  The box measures 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" x 1 3/4" high. 

The tools inside the box include silver scissors, needlecase, thimble (a replacement) and a knife, as well as a mother of pearl silkwinder.  The set is missing its bodkin.   All of the tools are in very good condition, as is the box.   The only condition problem is that the mirror on the inside lid is cracked.                                                                                                                                                                   $845.00           

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#6397

Glass Pin Disc - This is a reverse painted glass pin disc.  Reverse painting is a very painstaking pro- cess which in- volves painting backwards one color at a time.   Each color must then be left to dry before moving on to the next color.  This lovely scene is labeled " Clifton Suspension Bridge".  The back of the pin disc has a mirror.                                                                                                                                     $295.00

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#6967 

Figural Tape Measure - Carved in the shape of a bee skep, this clever little tape mea- sure still retains its original silk tape.  There are little brass studs around the base of the tape as well as a brass spindle.   The silk tape starts at 1"and it winds in and out easily.                            $235.00

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#6362 

Tunbridge Ware Reel - Originally, this lovely little reel would have probably been part of a lovely sewing box.  It is in very good condition with no cracks or chips in the wood.           $235.00

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Embossed Leather Etui  - This lovely etui would probably have originally held a stunning set of gold scissors and thimble. Sadly, the tools are gone, but this gorgeous case would be perfect to house your favorite pair of scissors.  There are embossed flowers on both sides of the case, as well as an elegant edging.   It measures 4 5/8" long and 1 7/8" wide at its widest point.     

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The inside of the case is lined in velvet, which is showing a bit of wear on one side.  The only wear to the outside of the case is near the lovely hook closing. That is visible in the first picture.  Otherwise the leather is in excellent condition.                                                                                                                                 $385.00

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#6932 

Silver Scissors - Measuring 3 5/8" in length, these beautiful little embroid- ery scissors feature flowers tied with a bow on the handles.  The fingerholes are etched with swirls.  The tips of the steel blades do not quite meet, but the points are intact.  
                                                   $185.00

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#6883 

Chatelaine Clip - This beautiful steel chatelaine clip is decorated with faceted steel beads.   This type of steel beading was the precursor to marcasite.   In spite of being circa 1880, the 18th century steel scissors (#6904 above), would probably look quite nice added to this chatelaine.                                               $75.00

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Palais Royal Piano Workbox - Exceptionally rare, this stunning figural workbox is made in the shape of a piano.   The top of the piano has inlaid bone "keys" and a beautiful grain in the wood.  The side of the piano has a lovely piece of gilt trim in the shape of two cornucopias filled with fruits and flowers.  The piano measures 11 1/2" long by 7 3/4" wide by 6 1/2" high.   The inside lid has an absolutely amazing picture of what looks to be a grand ballroom.   The lid probably originally had a mirror which was replaced with the picture. But the picture is quite old - possibly 19th century.     

The tools inside the fitted tray include:  a mother of pearl quiver of arrows shaped needlecase, scissors, thimble, 2 stilettos, 2 reels, a toothpick, 3 snowflake silk winders and 1 fish shaped silk winder as well as a heart shaped pincushion and an attached floral stitched pincushion.    The original music movement is still in the bottom of the box although it does not seem to work.  

I believe that one of the two stilettos and the floral stitched pincushion are replacements.   There are two hairline cracks in the scent bottle and the toothpick has one small piece broken off of one end.   The needlecase has a small chip on the inside and the blades of the scissors are a bit tarnished and they do not quite meet.  The left side of the tray with the floral pincushion looks to be somewhat clumsily restored at some point.   I belive that all of these changes were probably made to the box in the late 19th century or early 20th century.   In spite of a few condition problems this is still a rare and quite lovely palais royal workbox.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 $3450.00                

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Gilt Chatelaine - Extremely rare, this stunning chatelaine is circa 1860.  This musuem quality piece is encrusted with seven large carbochons.  It is truly beautiful.   The gilt tools inside the attached etui include:   scissors, bodkin, knife, stiletto, pencil case, combination tweezers/earspoon and an aide memoire.   All of the tools are original to the etui and there are no pieces missing.    

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There is a buckle on the back so that you can wear this stunning chate- laine at your waist.   The two small chains at the top of the chate- laine would probably have held either two watch fobs, or a thimble case and a patch pot. Those are missing.   The etui closes but only if the tools are inserted in the correct order.   All of the tools are in excellent condition.   This incredible chatelaine is both very rare and very special.                                                                                                                                                                         $2250.00

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