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Antique Tortoise Shell Needle Packet & Thimble Box * C1850

Antique Tortoise Shell Needle Packet & Thimble Box * C1850
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Antique Tortoise Shell Needle Packet & Thimble Box * C1850

Antique Tortoise Shell Needle Packet & Thimble Box * C1850
This lovely needle packet box is made of wood and covered with genuine tortoise shell panels. It's in the form of a knife box, a very popular shape for these pieces in Victorian times. It opens with a push button and the hinge is strong & original. It is lined with the original velvet and the interior surfaces are veneered with ivory. One side has 7 ivory dividers to hold needle packets and it contains an old packet of needles. The other side has a velvet covered post for a thimble The thimble is English and tests sterling silver. English silversmiths didn't hallmark small items (and have to pay duty on them) until required to by law in ...

$320.00




Antique Carved Ivory Floral Tatting Shuttle * Circa 1830

Antique Carved Ivory Floral Tatting Shuttle * Circa 1830
This nice little tatting shuttle is carved of ivory and has a lovely old patina and grain pattern. It was made in China for English export in the early 19th century. It measures 2 3/8" long by almost 7/8" wide and was probably made for a sewing workbox. Both sides are deeply carved with a scrolling leafy floral design. The condition is excellent with no chips or other damage and the points are intact. A similar example is shown on p. 211 of Gay Ann Rogers' book "An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools"....

$125.00




Antique Carved Ivory Needle Case * C1830

Antique Carved Ivory Needle Case * C1830
This ornate antique needle or bodkin case is carved of real ivory. It has all over diagonal leaf and petal designs carved around the sides and pinwheel like finials at each end. The quality of the carving is lovely, as are the ivory grain and patina. The condition is excellent with no chips or cracks and it screws together perfectly. It measures 3 5/8" long and was bought in England....

$135.00




Classic Antique Carved Ivory Tambour Crochet Hook * C1820

Classic Antique Carved Ivory Tambour Crochet Hook * C1820
This antique tambour hook is smoothly hand turned and carved and has a beautiful old patina and ivory grain pattern. 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 extra hooks. It just has the one hook and the screw is frozen so it can't be removed. The condition is otherwise excellent with no chips or other damage to the ivory. The ivory parts screw together well in all directions and measures 4 3/8" long closed....

$95.00




Ornate Antique Carved Ivory Needle Case * C1820

Ornate Antique Carved Ivory Needle Case  * C1820
This gorgeous needle case is deeply carved of real ivory with a variety of designs. The condition is excellent with no chips or other damage and it screws together perfectly. It has a lovely old patina and ivory grain pattern and measures 4" long. It was made in India for English export in the early 19th century. Similar ones are shown on p. 88 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$165.00




Antique Carved Ivory Canton Needle Case * C11830

Antique Carved Ivory Canton Needle Case  * C11830
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....

$95.00



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