These are so rare. I have had perhaps 3 over the years, and I bought every one I've seen or found. I've seen them in museums, in books, in private collections, but they rarely come to market. So even though this one has a few very small nips on that thin carved hat brim, it's still a magnificent find. An Alpine hiker, or gentleman, and atop the silk or thread spool. Yes, this is a sewing collection item, and is a spool for silks or thread, and this one likely had a matching female in similar pose when it was new, well over 150 years ago. Mid-1800s are the dates we see on these in museums and reference books. The figure is small, the detail is wonderful and the fact that he's got so little by way of flaws over his long long life is a real plus. Note the detail of his face, and of the criss-crossed hat ribbon and his vest and pack. Fine fluted detail on the spool, as well.
Very good condition for age and type, with just the very small bit of tiny chips on the rim of that impossibly fine carved hat brim to show for the 150 + years he's been around. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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