These Napoleon III era sewing etui and tools always thrill, and this one is beautifully crafted and in such nice condition. The case seems to be ebony, or certainly it's ebonized wood, typical of the Napoleon III aesthetic (c.1850-70 - mid Victorian). Each of the 4 implements have tiny French marks and I did try, but I cannot get a clear image. The tiny mark for .800/1000 pure silver, slightly less than sterling but the one preferred for small objects which will be used because it's stronger than .950/1000 pure silver. You have scissors, stiletto, needle case and thimble. Perfectly fitted to their original case.
Very good to excellent for age and type, just in from France. While there isn't a ribbon loop to hold a bodkin (ribbon-threading needle), the cases usually did come with one and this one does not have that 1 piece. The scissors, needle case and stiletto are all excellent, no dents. Steel blades remain sharp, certainly usable. The thimble is slightly out of round, has a rim split that is very small, but notable (see images). An excellent set to use. Bright brilliant silver and charming pattern. Measurements are noted on the photos.
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