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.
Item ID: beadbox
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