This is a three-piece English sewing set contained in a small leather box with a silver cartouche on the top. It is secured with a small hook closure and opens to reveal a red silk and velvet lining. The velvet section has fitted spaces for the individual tools. The pieces are of silver with bright cut decoration and do not have a maker’s mark. The emery is double ended and consists of red velvet with a wide silver collar – this would be used to clean rust from needles. The silver thimble is steel-topped and the tape measure has a small winding knob at the top and an original red silk tape marked in inches, which is distressed at the end with loss of most of the first inch. The velvet interior is in good condition but the silk lining of the lid has some slight staining. The box itself has scattered small rubs with a larger surface loss where the opening hook has moved to and fro, but it still closes securely with an intact hinge. A slightly different style of boxed set is known to have been made by Joseph Taylor (see Nerylla Taunton’s book, “Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries”). This item was used in my own book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 296. This would be a delightful addition to a collection of specialised needlework tools. Width of box, 2.26ins (5.75cm) Depth 1.67 ins (4.25cm) Height 0.90 ins (2.3cm). Weight 34 grams.
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