This hand carved wooden needle case is in the form of a man in national costume standing on top of a carved column. The rich color and patina of the wood are especially nice. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage. It measures 4 1/4" high and the base is almost 1" in diameter.
This style of needle case was carved in Germany and Switzerland at the end of the 19th century and sold as souvenirs. This piece is from the collection of Nerylla Taunton and is the actual needle case that was photographed on page 143 of her book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries".