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Set of 4 Antique Carved Ivory Thread Barrels * Circa 1820

Set of 4 Antique Carved Ivory Thread Barrels * Circa 1820
$250.00
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Rare Antique Silver Corset Vesta or Match Safe * Circa 1890

Rare Antique Silver Corset Vesta or Match Safe * Circa 1890
This antique silver plated vesta is in the form of a lady's corset, a bit risqué for the time. The top is hinged and it opens and snaps closes solidly. The striker is at the bottom. The condition is excellent with no dents or other damage and measures 1 5/8" high by 1 3/8" wide. The silver plating is rubbed at the hinge and it looks like it was plated over copper or brass. The side has a ring so it could be attached to a chatelaine or watch chain. The top has faint engraving "L. Turner" but it was hard to photograph. It was bought in England. One like this is shown on p. 90 of Eugene & Christine Sanders' book Pocket Matchsafes and they ...

$195.00




Antique Mother Of Pearl Palais Royal Greyhound Needle Case * C18

Antique Mother Of Pearl Palais Royal Greyhound Needle Case * C18
This exceptional French needlecase is one of the rare figural examples. It's carved in the form of a sleek crouching greyhound with a curling tail. The details are beautifully done and it measures 4" long by about 7/8" wide. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage and it fits together snugly. He has a circular inset on his shoulder (when facing left), but I suspect this was done by the original carver. I can't think of any damage in this particular spot that someone could have been repairing and it was more likely to replace a flawed spot in the mother of pearl. The postage shown includes Registered shipping for...

$1,250.00




Exceptional Antique Pinchbeck Sewing Chatelaine w/ 5 Tools * C17

Exceptional Antique Pinchbeck Sewing Chatelaine w/ 5 Tools * C17
This beautiful 18th century sewing chatelaine is made of Pinchbeck* and is going on to 300 years old. This is an especially nice example because it has 5 appendages and they are all matching and original. The waist plaques and tools are in the Rococo style featuring scrolls, figures and masks. The Greek mythological figures Cupid & Psyche are shown on the top plaque. The appendages are 2 needle cases, a thimble case, a scissors case and an extra small case (for wax or a small bobbin). The thimble case has a brass thimble. It is in great condition with no damage and is about an American size 7/8 (14.75 mm diameter opening). There are little ...

$2,325.00




Antique English Sterling Silver Chatelaine w/ Tools * Hlmk 1892

Antique English Sterling Silver Chatelaine w/ Tools * Hlmk 1892
This delightful and complete sterling silver chatelaine has five chains with sewing and writing tools. The theme is animals and flowers. The plaques feature a variety of animals and flying angels and the chains have little squirrels, birds and flowers on alternating links. This piece is from the collection of Genevieve Cummins and is the actual chatelaine that is photographed on page 206 (colour plate 205) of the book she wrote with Nerylla Taunton "Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance". The plaques, belt clip and tools all have the English sterling hallmarks for London 1892 and the maker's mark for Stuart Clifford (pencil marks ar...

$2,595.00




Antique Pinchbeck Scissors Case w/ Child's Scissors * C1750

Antique Pinchbeck Scissors Case w/ Child's Scissors * C1750
This rare little case is shaped like the scissors it was made to hold. It is made of Pinchbeck or gilded brass and has a ring to attach it to a chatelaine or chain. Both sides have embossed scrolling designs surrounding the bust of a Renaissance lady. Inside is a tiny pair of steel scissors (2 3/8" long). They are in nice condition with no rust and they cut well. These are children's scissors and adult fingers do not fit in the bows. The condition of the case is excellent with no dents or damage and no loss of gilding. It measures 3 1/2" long, not including the ring and it closes securely. A scissors case in this style is shown on a ch...

$595.00




Antique Sterling Silver Etui w/ Scissors & Tools * C1760

Antique Sterling Silver Etui w/ Scissors & Tools * C1760
This wonderful antique etui is solid sterling silver (tested) and the sides are deeply embossed with Rococo scrolls bordering all sorts of wonderful scenes and figures. It measures 3 1/2" high, 1 7/8" wide at the top and about 5/8" deep. The top is hinged and a silver button on the side opens it and works well. The top has a French sentiment having to do with love and friendship united and burning with a fire. The etui is English, however, as evidenced by the high grade of silver, the ruler marked in inches, the scissors style and the lack of hallmarks. Inside it has a complete set of the original silver and steel tools. Included are a p...

$725.00



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