Engraved lock plate lets us know the superior quality of this set of 18k gold sewing tools in their original perfectly fitted carved Dieppe ivory case, because TAHAN, Paris, only offered the very best goods. Makers of magnificent boxes and necessaire, there is no finer maker. The case holds 5 sewing tools: 18k gold handled scissors (still very sharp); 18k gold thimble; 18k gold needle case; 18k gold bodkin; 18k gold handled stiletto. Full measurements are 4 1/8" long case by 2" wide and 3/4" thickest - heavy and smooth in the hand, and easily tucked into a purse or pocket back then to go meet with friends to socialize and work on needle arts and embroidery - women's art in that time.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, age and type considered. I can see a 1/2" long hairline at one end (see images) which is stable and not a repair. Other than that, the set is just magnificent. No dents to the sewing tools in 18k gold, so a thick gauge, as one would expect with TAHAN. I can tell the needle or bodkin item is a replacement and not the original because it doesn't perfectly fit the carved compartment. All items bear the tiny French eagle's head punch mark (very difficult to photograph, so tiny o these) which is the guarantee for 18k gold. I have also acid tested to confirm all are 18k gold. Scissors are sharp - you could certainly use this fine set with elegance befitting your own needlework!
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.