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Ornate Antique Ivory Tambour / Crochet Hook * C1820

Ornate Antique Ivory Tambour / Crochet Hook * C1820
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Home » Store » Sewing Sets & Etuis » E733 » Antique French Ivory Cased Silver Gilt Sewing Etui * C1860

The elegant tools in this French necessaire are nestled into the precisely carved out interior of the nicely shaped case, carved from a solid piece of real ivory. The matching pieces are all silver with rose gold gilding and engraved with the classical '4 penny spot' design. The set consists of scissors, needlecase, stiletto, bodkin and thimble. Everything fits the case perfectly and it's obvious they all belong there. The tools all have the boar's head hallmarks used on Parisian silver from 1838. The needle case & thimble also have the maker's mark for Charles Beugnot, a specialist in necessaries. He registered his mark in 1851 and worked at 5 rue Grenier-Saint-Lazare in Paris.

The scissors are 3 1/2" long and have tight blades, sharp points and cut beautifully. The thimble is in crisp round condition with no holes or wear. It's about an American size 8 (15 mm diameter opening). The other tools are all in excellent condition with no dents or damage to the silver or the gilding. I think this set might have been a gift and put in a drawer and never used.

The ivory case has a lovely old patina and ivory grain. The condition is perfect with no chips, cracks or other damage and the top has a scrimshawed monogram. The hinge is strong and the push button mechanism works well. It measures 4 3/8" by 2 3/8". The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.