Women's art. Women's work: crochet and laces made with the variable hook crochet tambour as you see it here. The sections are threaded and hollow and it stores its own variation of hooks within, to be mounted at the end and tightened in with the little cog pin that is seen at the side. These were usually a tool in a larger grouping of sewing and vanity items, fitted to the interior of a grand sewing box, or travel vanity case. Most often these cases were Palais Royal boutique vendor's wares, offered up c.1700s to 1840s from the finest makers and shops, to the elite of the world, from the Palais Royal. Cardinal Richelieu's former Palace, and a place of commerce, theatre, culture - finest wares sold in the boutiques that lined the promenade of the center enclosed gardens. This is just one, 12k gold fitted mother of pearl handle, case We have several to offer, and each sold separately so look for all. NOTE: The embroidery work is not included, is just our prop to show the item off well.
Excellent condition for age and type, and entirely complete. It has the crochet tip within as you see in our images, and the end unscrews and turns around to self-encase the hook within the handle. The tiny screw-in mount cog used to keep the crochet hook in place is in place and holds the crochet hook tightly. Ready to use or display. No chips, cracks. Fabulous old one, c.1810-30. French.
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