Sweet little sewing box or neccessaire. It is English and dates from early 1800s, Georgian period. It may have originally been for a child. The dark wood is inlaid with pewter banding and a mother of pearl, central cartouche and escutcheon. The box has brass hinges and a working lock with a key.
The box looks decorative when opened, as it still has its original interior, yellow in color and with pewter edging. The silk has a watered mark in it. There has been a little repair to this silk and a replacement ribbon where the tools fit. It has its original material needle case.
There are some bone handled sewing tools, including a needle case and an escutcheon and a lovely little pair of steel scissors which are of the period. The steel thimble is a later addition. There are some nice old wooden reels of silk cotton.
The box is in very good condition as you should be able to see from the photographs. There are lots of photographs so please examine these to make your assessment of the box and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information.
It measures 7 inches (18cm) x 4.5 inches (11cm) x 2.25 inches (5.5cm).
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