Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case
Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case

Spectacular Antique c.1850 18k Gold Sewing Tools Set in Original 170 yr Old Ivory Etui, Case

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Really, just perfect condition but for the lost bodkin (threading needle), this early Napoleon III sewing or embroidery set hasn't a flaw to report and seems as if it was never put to use. Each of the 4 implements are pristine, and all in fine heavy gauge 18k gold, each marked with the eagle's profile guarantee mark, used since 1838 for 18k solid gold. Thimble, needle case, stiletto and scissors are all the original matching patterned set and fit perfectly into the recesses carved to hold them. Scissors are sharp, this is a dainty set you might well wish to use for your own needlework. Measurements noted on the photos.

Very good to excellent condition, with the single 'flaw' being a missing bodkin (ribbon or string-threading needle). There are no flaws otherwise, and the case is perfect, no chips, no hairlines from age/drying of the 170 year old carved ivory etui, either. No warp, the hinges and clasp all working perfectly, and the case holds tightly closed. Heavy in the hand, smooth like silk, and opens to reveal such treasure!  From my own collections, none finer. (Note: the red box is our prop, doesn't go with the sewing etui).

IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world. 

Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.