This listing is for a lovely 19th Century French Palais Royal souvenir sewing tools etui in carved wooden case with eglomise medallion of rural church scene in center top. The interior is velvet lined and fitted to hold sewing tools including a pair of embroidery scissors, needle case, thimble, needle threader and decorative mother-of-pearl piece. Box has a brass button on front that opens and closes the box. The top of the box has a carved band framing the elaborately carved details that surround the eglomise medallion and has a mirror mounted on the inside of the lid. The needle case and thimble are marked with the swan hallmark that was introduced in June 1864 and used on silver articles imported into France from countries without Customs Conventions. The mark was discontinued in June 1893 when France began requiring all imported gold and silver items comply with the same requirements as items manufactured in France. There is a tiny illegible punch mark on the thimble. We are unsure whether these items are Sterling Silver or simply high quality silver alloy so please uses your own judgment regarding the silver content.
Dimensions: Case measures 1 1/4" high, 5 1/4" long and 3 1/4" wide. Scissors measure 4 1/4" long and 2" wide (at handles). Weighs 5.5 ounces.
Condition: This nice souvenir sewing tool box is in very good to excellent Estate condition with no noted flaws other than wear to the ribbon/tape that connects the top to the bottom of the case at center back. The interior of the case and the silver tools are in great condition although we left the tools as found without polishing. The eglomise medallion is in very good condition with clean view and no damage to the glass.
Novelty items such as this embroidery sewing case were popular at shops on the Palais Royal when wealthy travelers visited Paris during the Grand Tour era and were often purchased as souvenirs. Many eglomise items haven't survived in good condition and nice examples are getting hard to find. Eglomise is a French term referring to the process of applying a design and gilding onto the back of a glass panel to produce a mirror finish. However, the technique of reverse painting on glass actually dates back to pre-Roman eras. Over time, the term eglomise has come to be used to describe nearly any process that involves reverse painting on glass.
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