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Antique Carved Ivory Tape Measure w/ Nails Tape * C1800

Antique Carved Ivory Tape Measure w/ Nails Tape * C1800
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This beautifully shaped French case is carved from a solid piece of real ivory with precise spaces for each tool. The tools include a pair of scissors, stiletto, needle case, bodkin and a thimble. The tools are all gilded silver and have the French boar's head hallmarks for 800/1000 pure silver made in Paris. They have delicate engraved scrolling designs.

The scissors have tight blades, sharp points and cut very well. They are 3 1/2" long. The thimble is in excellent condition, crisp and in round with no holes or other damage and is about an American size 6-7 (14.2 mm diameter opening). The needle case is the only piece that has a readable maker's mark and it was made by Auguste Belleau who worked as a goldsmith in Paris from 1843-1874. The silver on all of the tools is in great condition with no dents or other damage.

The ivory case has a minor edge chip that's been reglued at the back, but it is in otherwise excellent condition with no loss and has a lovely old patina and ivory grain. The hinge is strong and the push button mechanism works perfectly. It measures 4 1/8" by 2". The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.

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