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Antique Carved Tortoise Shell Box with Sterling Silver Thimble *

Antique Carved Tortoise Shell Box with Sterling Silver Thimble *
$275.00
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Rare Antique Silver Corset Vesta or Match Safe * Circa 1890

Rare Antique Silver Corset Vesta or Match Safe * Circa 1890
This antique silver plated vesta is in the form of a lady's corset, a bit risqué for the time. The top is hinged and it opens and snaps closes solidly. The striker is at the bottom. The condition is excellent with no dents or other damage and measures 1 5/8" high by 1 3/8" wide. The silver plating is rubbed at the hinge and it looks like it was plated over copper or brass. The side has a ring so it could be attached to a chatelaine or watch chain. The top has faint engraving "L. Turner" but it was hard to photograph. It was bought in England. One like this is shown on p. 90 of Eugene & Christine Sanders' book Pocket Matchsafes and they ...

$195.00




Exceptional Antique Pinchbeck Sewing Chatelaine w/ 5 Tools * C17

Exceptional Antique Pinchbeck Sewing Chatelaine w/ 5 Tools * C17
This beautiful 18th century sewing chatelaine is made of Pinchbeck* and is going on to 300 years old. This is an especially nice example because it has 5 appendages and they are all matching and original. The waist plaques and tools are in the Rococo style featuring scrolls, figures and masks. The Greek mythological figures Cupid & Psyche are shown on the top plaque. The appendages are 2 needle cases, a thimble case, a scissors case and an extra small case (for wax or a small bobbin). The thimble case has a brass thimble. It is in great condition with no damage and is about an American size 7/8 (14.75 mm diameter opening). There are little ...

$2,325.00




Antique English Sterling Silver Chatelaine w/ Tools * Hlmk 1892

Antique English Sterling Silver Chatelaine w/ Tools * Hlmk 1892
This delightful and complete sterling silver chatelaine has five chains with sewing and writing tools. The theme is animals and flowers. The plaques feature a variety of animals and flying angels and the chains have little squirrels, birds and flowers on alternating links. This piece is from the collection of Genevieve Cummins and is the actual chatelaine that is photographed on page 206 (colour plate 205) of the book she wrote with Nerylla Taunton "Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance". The plaques, belt clip and tools all have the English sterling hallmarks for London 1892 and the maker's mark for Stuart Clifford (pencil marks ar...

$2,595.00




Antique Pinchbeck Scissors Case w/ Child's Scissors * C1750

Antique Pinchbeck Scissors Case w/ Child's Scissors * C1750
This rare little case is shaped like the scissors it was made to hold. It is made of Pinchbeck or gilded brass and has a ring to attach it to a chatelaine or chain. Both sides have embossed scrolling designs surrounding the bust of a Renaissance lady. Inside is a tiny pair of steel scissors (2 3/8" long). They are in nice condition with no rust and they cut well. These are children's scissors and adult fingers do not fit in the bows. The condition of the case is excellent with no dents or damage and no loss of gilding. It measures 3 1/2" long, not including the ring and it closes securely. A scissors case in this style is shown on a ch...

$595.00




Antique Chatelaine from Chatelaines Book * C1890

Antique Chatelaine from Chatelaines Book * C1890
This unusual antique chatelaine is made of a gunmetal color oxidized metal and is complete with 5 chains and 4 attached tools. This piece is from the collection of Genevieve Cummins and is the actual chatelaine that was photographed on page 262 (plate 257) of the book she wrote with Nerylla Taunton, Chatelaines, Utility to Glorious Extravagance. She says it could have been used as a mourning chatelaine but this gunmetal finish was popular for all sorts of metal items in the 19th century. The waist plaques and tools have applied, raised floral scrollwork. In the center is an unusual pencil holder that has a metal rod holding the place of the...

$1,450.00




Antique Carved Figural Tyrolean Needle Case * Nerylla Taunton

Antique Carved Figural Tyrolean Needle Case * Nerylla Taunton
This hand carved wooden needle case is in the form of a man in national costume standing on top of a carved column. The rich color and patina of the wood are especially nice. The condition is excellent with no chips, cracks or other damage. It measures 4 1/4" high and the base is almost 1" in diameter. This style of needle case was carved in Germany and Switzerland at the end of the 19th century and sold as souvenirs. This piece is from the collection of Nerylla Taunton and is the actual needle case that was photographed on page 143 of her book "Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries"....

$225.00



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