Very tiny stitch petitpoint, like needlepoint but finer - this is an 1839 necessaire, complete with the original stylus, silk lining with sections and notepad, AND the original calendar of 1839 - a little intaglio print with illustrations. Queen Victoria took the throne in 1837, and in France the reign of King Louis Philippe was on, the final "King" of France, whose own father was beheaded in the Reign of Terror. Ah, history - so interesting, and these bits and pieces help to bring it alive, don't they. I have a large collection of carnet du ball, and of these notepad "necessaire" and many of them are jotted with names, addresses, engagements, bits of noteworthy daily social interactions. They're so interesting. Forerunner to today's iPhone, I guess - if you think of it that way. In 1839, one would be without bearing should they lose their necessaire. This one has been one that was not used, noted in, but has been kept as a special souvenir, or it would be in tatters today. The precious nature of it, and the fine embroidery represented suggests it might have been hand made by a young girl for her parent, or by a young bride for her love. We'll never know, will we.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. There are really no bad spots - very slight wear on the fold, but these tiny tiny stitches in silk and wool have stood the test of time. They present nearly as pristine as they were nearly 200 years ago, when made. The little intaglio (engraving) printed calendar is a wonderful part of its history. Rarely do we find these so complete. The stylus or pencil is the activation of the closure, as you can see, and is still ready to be used for your own notes on the old original note pad within. A little age loss to the red silk, which you can see in our images. Not a single missing stitch, however. The entire item is 5.25" x 3.25" and is .5" thick, closed.
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