Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet

This is a rare, early continental silver hand worked filigree wool ball and bracelet. It was used to hold a skein of thread for crocheting or tatting. I don't know if it's 17th, 18th, or 19th c. (there are no hallmarks, so I can't tell for sure). The wirework ball with swirling filigree petal-like panels is a joy to behold. Each filigree panel has a repousse leafy design (looks like part of an acanthus leaf) application. The wrist band (much bigger than a bracelet ... more like a cuff) is also filigree work with a floral centerpiece that joins the two filigreed ends on top. There is a lovely ball finial on the bottom. Size of ball is 2 3/4" in diameter and about 3 1/2" high. The wrist band measures just over 3 1/2" in diameter. Overall weight is 78 grams. It is in very good condition, although it may have had something of a catch inside to lock it better ... even though it does stay closed just fine as it is. Hinge is good, and there may have been a repair on one time. It closes well, but a tad bit unevenly. Could be just a matter of adjustment ... which isn't really necessary. All in all, an exceedingly rare piece, and one which doesn't come up for sale very often.

Item ID: woolball


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Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet

Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet
Early Silver Sewing Tool – Filigree Wool Ball Box with Bracelet

This is a rare, early continental silver hand worked filigree wool ball and bracelet. It was used to hold a skein of thread for crocheting or tatting. I don't know if it's 17th, 18th, or 19th c. (there are no hallmarks, so I can't tell for sure). The wirework ball with swirling filigree petal-like panels is a joy to behold. Each filigree panel has a repousse leafy design (looks like part of an acanthus leaf) application. The wrist band (much bigger than a bracelet ... more like a cuff) is also filigree work with a floral centerpiece that joins the two filigreed ends on top. There is a lovely ball finial on the bottom. Size of ball is 2 3/4" in diameter and about 3 1/2" high. The wrist band measures just over 3 1/2" in diameter. Overall weight is 78 grams. It is in very good condition, although it may have had something of a catch inside to lock it better ... even though it does stay closed just fine as it is. Hinge is good, and there may have been a repair on one time. It closes well, but a tad bit unevenly. Could be just a matter of adjustment ... which isn't really necessary. All in all, an exceedingly rare piece, and one which doesn't come up for sale very often.

Item ID: woolball


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