The set is complete with all implements original to the case but perhaps that thimble. The thimble is silver with a musical score running its perimeter and a cabochon of carnelian on the end. It doesn't quite match the rest of the sewing set, so we're assuming it's a replacement. But it's charming and fits, and its how we bought it ages ago. I've always particularly loved this old c.1850-70s ivory etui, with the unique brass edging and cartouche. Nicely crafted and nicely preserved, the implements have the look of the 18k ones but not the price. Each have a tiny French mark, .800/1000 pure silver, which is the customary grade for small tools like these, .950/1000 being too soft and subject to breaks in the sewing tools. Measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, age and type considered. An unusual case or etui, made with brass edging that sets off and highlights the old panels of ivory. No damage to the sewing tools. I'm going to put that bodkin (needle) inside the needle case so it doesn't slip out of the etui and become lost as many have, so if you buy it, once it arrives, open the needle case to find it. Steel-blades on scissors are still super-sharp. This is a set you could use. No damage to the thimble, which as noted, is probably a replacement.
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.
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