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Antique Georgian Ultra-thin English Sterling Silver Etui, 2 Tortoise Shell Lancets - Necessaire
I've acquired a collection of wonderful Georgian to very early Victorian era 'necessaire', this one a lancets set, complete with the original small pocket case 'etui', and will be listing both today. Interesting medical and scientific genre antiques are hard to come by. This one is superb, ultra-thin, and is nearly unscathed by time or use. The 2 steel 'bleeding' blades remain very sharp, the hinged 'fold-back' handles/covers are also in fine condition as is the etui, itself. A superb find for anyone interested in science, medical history or implements, or veterinarian science. This set may well have been carried on battlefields, (circa 1830s - French patents entered for a mechanical 'sewing machine'; England patented a lawn mower; and USA President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act, banishing Cherokee and other Eastern tribes from their homes to lands west of the Mississippi, while the first railway station opened in the USA in Baltimore. And it was the same year Simon Bolivar died in disappointment and regret that Spain did not allow citizens of its American colonies to self-govern as had the Brits). I always think it's interesting to put these old treasures into a context of time. People were still being 'bled' to remove illness, imagine! This set surely was one that was well used, and you see perhaps the corrosion of iron and trace metals in blood there on the steel blade - or, perhaps it might have been a treasured and unused set marking a graduation or early establishment of a medical practice. The two original perfectly fitted lancets that remain are fabulous! These are more and more rare to find, particularly complete, unscathed (for the most part) by time.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The lancets are original and fit perfectly into the original recessed fittings, and it is nearly perfect in all maner without dents or damage to hinge or clasp. A very slight ripple 'push' perhaps, nothing more. None finer! The English hallmarks tell us it was made in London during 1837 from look of the date mark (not identified maker), marks shown. These have become so rare!
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San Marcos, CA
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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