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Antique Madras Work Ivory Emery Cushion * Circa 1820

Antique Madras Work Ivory Emery Cushion * Circa 1820
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The top of this early Victorian thread waxer is made of mother of pearl in the form of a flower with pierced scalloped edges. The bottom is turned bone. Some nacre layers in the center have a little separation but the overall condition is excellent and it still has the original wax. The mother of pearl is very luminous and it unscrews so the wax could be changed.

It measures almost 1" high and the top is 1" in diameter. It was once part of an English workbox set of tools. Some similar waxers are shown on p. 136 of Gay Ann Rogers' book An Illustrated History of Needlework Tool and she shows the style of workbox it would have been part of on p. 33. The three small mother of pearl items behind the spools are a waxer like this one, a tape measure and an emery.