Of course, Napoleon III era coincides with Victorian, so this can also be referred to as a Victorian sewing etui. Napoleon III French, though (c.1850-1870). The sewing tools are in lovely condition, all matching originals but the thimble which has been added and is not 'vermeil' (18k gold on .800/1000 or .950/1000 French silver). The tiny mark affirming this set is .800/1000 pure silver (typical of small items for the added strength) and it has the 18k gold layer fully intact. You'll find the tiny mark on each item, easiest to see on the inner lip of the needle case (see images).
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The case has no chips, no cracks, no hairlines. It has elegant engraved hinges and clasp plate, and functions perfectly well. As noted, all tools are original and undamaged but the bodkin, which is slightly bent. I meant to straighten it before photos, and will do so for our customer. The thimble in this set is not original and is sterling silver rather than silver with gold vermeil. A project perhaps as you search out the perfect vermeil thimble to compliment the stunning case. Unusual to find a case without damage. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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