This listing is for an unusual 19th Century French PALAIS ROYAL Mother-of-Pearl sewing Etui in mother-of-pearl soldier's helmet shaped case, c. 1880-1890. The interior of the case has a fitted covered insert which holds the sewing implements.
Included are scissors, needle case and stiletto (a short small pointed implement for making eyelet holes in fabric). There is also a slot for a thimble and one other sewing tool which are absent. Missing tool is probably a bodkin (a long thick needle used for drawing tape, etc. through the hem). The mother-of-pearl case has gilt metal trim along the outer edge with a small section of trim missing on one side of top. Each sewing item is embellished with gilt metal handles with embossed design. Interior is missing the thimble and bodkin (a long thick needle used for drawing tape, etc. through hem). The helmet case is mounted onto an oval piece of cream colored alabaster. These novelty items were originally made for the traveling nobility and wealthy individuals to purchase as a souvenir of their GRAND TOUR travels. Most were luxury items for the vanity and were sold in the specialty stores of the shopping arcade that flanked the Promenade of the Garden Center of RICHELIEU'S old Paris Palace which has been known for centuries as THE PALAIS ROYAL. You can still walk this promenade when in Paris today.
Dimensions: 6" high with the oval base measuring 5" long and 3 5/8" wide. Weighs 1 pound.
Condition: The M.O.P. is in great condition with no noted flaws. There are a couple of minor chips on the bottom edge of the alabaster base, a small section of gilt metal trim is missing on one side of helmet and the two sewing items are missing from the interior as mentioned above. Please see all photos as part of description.
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