This is a nicely carved vegetable ivory thimble holder or case. It dates to around the late 1800’s. The top screws off would to hold a thimble inside. These were also used to hold small spools of thread.
Vegetable ivory is a product made from the very hard white seeds of certain palm trees. Species in the genus Phytelephas, native in South America, are the most important sources of vegetable ivory.
The thimble holder measures approximately 3” long and 1 ¾” in diameter at its widest point.
There is some cracking on the inside of the case and on one side that runs through to the outside. There is a little chipping on the carving at the top and bottom.
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Carved Vegetable Ivory Thimble Holder