Meticulously hand wound using wire, thread, thin chain, and very small springs, the adornment of this rolled brass needle case is truly exquisite. This royal blue and golden etui measures 2-3/8 inches in length by 3/8 inch wide and was made about 1885-90. There is a finial tube on the cap which houses a fine example of a stanhope lens with microphotograph. Stanhopes, also called peeps or peepers are rare to find in a needle holder of this style and one is more apt to find them in a carved or turned bone piece like an umbrella or fish. Looking into the tube reveals the amazing and tiny microphotograph which pictures 6 different pictures (with titles) of attractions in Guildford England. Guildford is located in Surrey about 30 miles outside of London. This case is in excellent condition with no breaks in the metal mesh or in the thread. It is sound and sturdy with a nice original patina. The top cap and bottom push together very smoothly and easily. The stanhope view is perfectly clear and not crackled or deteriorating at all. This piece is a wonderful, interesting, and uncommon example of a sewing implement used and cherished during the 19th Century Victorian period. It is in complete and original condition.
The stanhope view main title states: A MEMORY OF GUILDFORD / MCKEE DUBLIN.
The six individually titled photos of Guildford are captioned as follows:
HIGH ST. FROM HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - ST. CATHARINE'S FERRY - HIGH ST. FROM FAIRFIELD - WEYCLIFFE - ST. MARTHA'S - HIGH ST. FROM THE ANGEL -
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