Exceptionally fine and seemingly never even used embroidery set of 5 sewing tools, all in 18k gold. Dates to Napoleon III era (c.1850-70) France and of course the original case or etui is fine antique ivory (restrictions apply, see below). Each piece is perfectly fitted to the carved recess made for it, and nothing is missing. Tiny French marks are the guarantee control for 18k gold appear on each piece plus we have also acid-tested at 18k. Engraved or incised monogram on lid, lac-filled, is C M, pretty sure but an argument could be made for F M or E M. Full measurements noted on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition, I see no flaws to note at all for the sewing tools, which include solid gold thimble and needle case and ribbon-threading needle (bodkin). With 18k gold handles on the scissors and the stiletto, each of which are very sharp. It's a set almost too pretty to use, and apparently the original owner thought so, too. Typically these 150 plus year old ivory cases will have chips or breaks, flaws, but this one is also complete and I see no chips even on the slender edges. In a certain light, I can see a tight hairline along the back of lid, near the hinge, but it is solid and does not appear to have gone all the way through to the interior, nor had any restoration. Likely just a shrinkage imperfection. One of the finest we've ever had, and all of my collections are now being disbursed.
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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