Antique French Gilt Sterling Silver ETUI Leather Book Case 5 Needle Work Embroidery Tools

$ 625.00

Early Antique Victorian French Gilt Sterling Silver Needlework Sewing Tools ETUI Case Kit in Faux Leather Book Case Box. Five beautiful necessary sewing tools all nested in this velvet and satin lined "faux leather bound book". The case has a pair of sewing scissors, thimble, stiletto, ribbon threader and needle case. All are matching and present with the exception of the thimble which is a replacement. The pieces are beautifully hand engraved with dainty flowers, scrolls, leafs and fine lines.

All of the French pieces are marked with the French boar's head mark used in France since 1838 to guarantee grade of fine silver. The pieces are also marked France along with a triangle stamped makers mark that I wasn't able to make out. The marks are so so very tiny. The scissors also have Nogent on the blade. The inside of the gilt sterling silver thimble is marked .925 along with the Simmons mark of Philadelphia. One wouldn't even know the thimble is not original until the hallmarks are inspected. It fits and looks like it is part of the set. All of the gilding is intact without loss. The set has nice patina from age. The scissors are nice and sharp and the points meet at the tip. The leather book case shows some age and wear. Mostly on the edges. The front has gold embossed trim and the initials MCD?. The inside is in pretty good condition for it's age. Velvet shows some slight discoloration. Top satin edge is a little frayed.

The leather book case measures 6” x 4 1/8" x 1 1/8". The push button catch is fully working the binding is not torn. A little flared up towards the edge with the button clasp. The scissors measure 3 7/8" long. Stiletto measures 3.5" long. Needle case measures 2 5/8" long. Ribbon threader measures 2 1/4" long. Thimble is a marked size 9. This is a divine sterling gilt needlework, embroidery antique etui in very good condition considering its age. Wonderful Highly collectible set!

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