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Tiny Antique Carved Ivory Canton Needle Case * C1830

Tiny Antique Carved Ivory Canton Needle Case * C1830
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Antique Ivory Madras Work Letter Opener* C1820

Antique Ivory Madras Work Letter Opener* C1820
This unusual letter opener is hand carved of ivory and has a nice old patina and grain pattern. The handle has been engraved with fine Madras work circles and dots. This is a form of scrimshaw work where black lacquer is flowed into the engraved designs. It's English and dates to the early 19th century. There is a fine age crack where the blade is riveted to the handle but the overall condition is excellent and sturdy with no other damage. It measures 7 1/8" long. A collection of sewing tools in Madras work are shown on p. 87 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$110.00




Antique Ivory Madras Work Emery Cushion * C1820

Antique Ivory Madras Work Emery Cushion * C1820
This nice little piece is carved of ivory and has a beautiful old patina and ivory grain pattern. One side is engraved with the circle and dot designs known as Madras work. It's a form of scrimshaw work where black lacquer is flowed into the engraved designs. It's English and dates to the early 19th century. The back has the script word "Emery". The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage. The blue silk cushion is original and intact and it's stuffed with emery powder. It measures almost 1" in diameter. A variety of needlework tools of this style and age are shown on p. 87 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlewo...

$160.00




Classic Antique Carved Ivory Tambour Crochet Hook * C1820

Classic Antique Carved Ivory Tambour Crochet Hook * C1820
This antique tambour hook is hand turned and carved and has a beautiful old patina and ivory grain pattern. It has a steel collar and thumb screw and the top unscrews to reveal a storage compartment for holding the hooks (There are 2 small steel hooks). The condition is excellent with no chips or other damage. Everything screws together securely and the thumb screw tightens properly to hold the hook. It measures 5 1/2" long when closed. A similar ivory tambour hook is shown on p. 74 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$145.00




Antique Flower Top Carved Ivory Crochet Hook * C1850

Antique Flower Top Carved Ivory Crochet Hook * C1850
This pretty little crochet hook is carved of real ivory and the top is carved with a nicely detailed flower. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage and it was purchased in England. It measures almost 6" long and has nice ivory grain and patina. The hook is about the same size as an American size D (3.00 mm). A couple of ivory sewing tools with this same flower motif are shown on p. 88 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$120.00




Antique Sliding Ivory Mechanical Pencil / Penknife * Mordan Make

Antique Sliding Ivory Mechanical Pencil / Penknife * Mordan Make
This elegant combination pencil and folding knife is carved of ivory and has a sterling silver (tested) nozzle. The nozzle has all of its parts and the lead advances properly when it's twisted. The condition of the ivory is excellent with no chips or cracks and it has a beautiful old patina and grain pattern. The fold out pen or quill knife is sharp and intact. The side is marked "S. Mordan & Co. Makers", an 1850-60 mark for this well known company. It measures 4 3/4" long....

$115.00




Antique Carved Ivory Pin Cushion Clamp * Circa 1830

Antique Carved Ivory Pin Cushion Clamp * Circa 1830
This little antique clamp is made of ivory and smoothly carved with concentric circles on the end. A green silk pincushion sits on the top. This style of clamp was made in China for English export in the early 19th century. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage and the screw holds securely. The silk cushion is also in excellent condition. It measures about 3 1/8" tall with the screw half way in as shown. A very similar clamp is shown on p. 178 of Gay Ann Rogers' book "An Illustrated History of Needlework Tools"....

$125.00



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