This ornate needle case is carved of ivory with beautiful detail and it has a lovely old patina and grain pattern. It's decorated with butterflies and a twinging dragon on a ground of clouds. The top and bottom are in the form of flowers and have ball finials. It was carved in China in the early 19th century for an English workbox.
Aside from a few very fine hairline age cracks in the ivory, the condition is excellent with no chips or loss and it screws together perfectly. It measures 3 3/8" long. This style of needlecase is shown on p. 84 of Nerylla Taunton's book Antique Needlework Tools.