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Antique English Sheathed Ivory Stiletto / Awl * C1820

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Home » Store » Needle Cases & Holders » A191 » Very Fine Antique Carved Ivory Canton Needle Case * C1830

This ornate needle case is carved with beautiful detail and it has a lovely old patina and grain pattern. It's decorated with Chinese figures and buildings on a ground of foliage and the quality of the carving on this one is way above the norm. The top is in the form of a sunflower. It was carved in China in the early 19th century as an export item for an English workbox.

Aside from a chip in the base, the condition is excellent with no cracks or other damage 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 and Embroideries".