This is a complete set of early 20th century manicure items housed in a black leatherette case with fine gold tooling. Inside the lid is lined with gathered green silk and the main section with deep green velvet with lined spaces for the tools with the base of some compartments lined with the green silk. The tools are of bone and steel. These tools are definitely bone as the vessel marks can be seen. They consist of two lidded small boxes, nail buffer with chamois, a combined nail file, pick and cuticle pusher, a small brush, a pair of scissors (marked Germany), a button hook and nail clippers and an additional sharp tool. The box itself shows signs of wear at the edges which would be consistent with its age and use. There is some slight rust on the scissors and the button hook and the nail clippers currently do not open but may well do so with a little attention. This is a most interesting example of a variety of tools that were used for manicures earlier in the century. Box measures 8 ins (20cm) x 6.5 ins (16cm) x 1 ins (2.5cm). Weight 382 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 387.
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