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Antique Figural Ivory Fretwork Urn Pin Cushion * C1800

Antique Figural Ivory Fretwork Urn Pin Cushion * C1800
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This beautiful etui is made of wood that's been covered with panels of natural tortoiseshell. It's very high quality with real ivory covering the inside edges and mother of pearl and abalone floral inlay on the top and front. The bottom is even covered with tortoise. The fitted interior contains a sterling silver thimble, perfume bottle, mother of pearl stiletto, pen knife & file, steel scissors & bodkin, an ivory lead pencil and a built in silk pincushion. The thimble tests sterling silver but was made before English silversmiths were required to hallmark and pay duty on small silver items. The thimble space lifts out and holds a wooden spool wrapped with thread.

The thimble has a lacy applied lower band with hand engraving on the upper band. It's in excellent condition with with no holes, dents or other damage. It's about an American size 9 (15.5 mm diameter opening) but narrows quickly and would fit a smaller finger. The glass perfume bottle has a silver plated screw top and no chips or cracks. The penknife has a sharp blade which is intact and snaps closed properly. The scissors (3 5/8" long) have tight blades, sharp points and cut very well to the tips. The mother of pearl is all in excellent condition with no chips or cracks.

The interior is lined with the original red silk and velvet and the original mirror is in the top. The condition is excellent inside and out with no damage or loss. It opens and snaps closed properly with a push button closure. It's 4 1/8" tall, 2 3/4" wide & 2" deep. A tortoise shell lady's companion is shown on p. 126 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries". The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.