19th c. Micro-Glass Beaded on Tortoise Shell Box for

Rare little 19th c. box, which may be an even rarer sewing collectable. It is entirely covered with the tiniest glass beads you'll ever see. I don't know where this was made. The colors are fabulous - turquoise, aqua, black, white, and an unusual yellow and the patterns are lovely - with a fabulous sunburst top and pretty flowers on bottom. There is lots of soiling in between the beads, but I wouldn't dare attempt to clean it. You can only see the soiling with a loupe. There are a few beads missing and one or two (that I saw) broken. The photos depict the condition accurately. The beading covers a natural tortoiseshell body, which has cracks here and there, but these do not affect the structural integrit of the box, which opens and closes smoothly. This is a very tactile object, and great to hold. I love the way it feels. Size is 2 1/4" in diameter and about an inch high.

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$175 USD

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