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Antique Tortoise Shell Knotting Shuttle * C1830

Antique Tortoise Shell Knotting Shuttle * C1830
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Pair of Antique Ivory Winding Clamps * English * Circa 1820

Pair of Antique Ivory Winding Clamps * English * Circa 1820
This matching pair of antique sewing/winding clamps is hand carved of real ivory and they have beautiful old patina and grain patterns. The spools spin freely and can be removed by unscrewing the cup like finials on top. The condition of both clamps is excellent with no chips, cracks or loss. BR>The clamp screws work well and hold properly all along their lengths. They measure 6" tall (with the screws half way in, as shown). A very similar pair is shown in plate 78 of Sylvia Groves' book "The History of Needlework Tools And Accessories". A skein of embroidery silk would be looped over the spools and the clamps secured the right distance a...

$495.00




Antique Ivory & Ebony Acorn w/ Sterling Silver Thimble * 1897

Antique Ivory & Ebony Acorn w/ Sterling Silver Thimble * 1897
This little antique acorn is smoothly carved of real ivory on the bottom and ebony on the top. Inside is a sterling silver thimble. It has the English hallmarks for Chester 1897 and the maker's mark for Charles Horner. It's about an American size 10 (16.5 mm diameter opening). The condition is excellent with no holes, dents or other damage. The acorn is also in great condition with no chips, cracks or loss. It screws together perfectly and measures 1 3/4" long....

$160.00




Antique Figural Carved Ivory Crochet Hook * C1870

Antique Figural Carved Ivory Crochet Hook * C1870
This unusual crochet hook is carved of real ivory (not bone). The top is carved with a swiveling ring, perhaps so it could be hung on a ribbon. The detail of the whole piece is very fine. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage and it was purchased in England. It measures 5 1/8" long and has nice ivory grain and patina. The hook is about the same as an American size G (4.50 mm)....

$85.00




Antique Tortoise Shell Knotting / Tatting Shuttle * 1750-1800

Antique Tortoise Shell Knotting / Tatting Shuttle * 1750-1800
This wonderful old knotting shuttle was used for making a knotted trim popular with French and English ladies between 1750 and 1800. It's carved from natural tortoise shell and held together with rivets. The post is matching shell. Both sides are inlaid with sterling silver in a lacy border pattern. The condition is excellent with no cracks, chips or loss of inlay. It does have one small surface insect nibble. It measures almost 5" long by 1 3/8" wide. It glows with patina and the shell has wonderful patterns when held to the light. Nerylla Taunton shows an 18th century portrait of a lady knotting on page 65 of her book "Antique Needlewo...

$550.00




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




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 pieces are shown on p. 88 of Nerylla Taunton's book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$195.00



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