Such an elegant set, this! Expanded well beyond most, it includes a little pocket knife or folding blade for seam-ripping, and also a mechanical pencil, along with the usual sewing items: scissors, needle case, thimble. There is an open spot for a bodkin (ribbon-threading needle), which is all that is missing. The pieces do have the tiny boar's head French punch marks, guarantee of .800/1000 pure silver, and the surface tests 18k gold (vermeil). There is also a very tiny maker's poincon, diamon-shaped but impossible for me to make out. The pieces are original and fit perfectly into the elegantly carved recesses in the fine c.1840-60s natural ivory etui or case. Oval in form, it displays very well, and is shown thoroughly in our photos for your review. Being ivory, it will not be available for all. Please read below*.
Very good to excellent for age and type, it misses just the bodkin (often the case for these). All pieces are worked in .800/1000 pure silver (boar's head mark) and layered generously with 18, gold, "vermeil" being the French word. You have the rich opulence of a set that looks gold, is silver and gold, but without the high price of solid 18k gold sets. Some slight flaws to the case, pictured. Measurements are noted on the photos.
*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.