This pretty little Victorian emery is carved of real ivory with turned concentric circles on both sides. It has a pale blue silk cushion (intact and original) and is stuffed with emery powder. The ivory is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other damage. It measures 1" in diameter. Nerylla Taunton shows similar ones in mother of pearl on p. 138 of her book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries".
Emeries were used to sharpen and polish the steel needles of the age. Emery powder is a fine grit and the needles were pushed in and out the cushion several times. It also removed rust.