This lovely tambour hook is carved of ivory in a delicate and intricate pattern and it has a nice old patina. The hook cover can be screwed to the top to lengthen the handle and prevent loss. It has a steel collar and thumb screw and the top unscrews to reveal a storage compartment for holding the hooks (There are two little steel hooks).
The ivory is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or other damage. It screws together well in all directions and measures 5 1/8" long closed. The steel hook screw works properly and secures the hook. Some tambour hooks in this style are shown on p. 74 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries".