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Mother of Pearl & Silver Knife-form Needle Box with Dividers, Mid-19th Century
This is a delightful little box for packets of needles, covered with shining pieces of mother of pearl. It is in the shape of the classic knife boxes of the late 18th - early 19th centuries. The mother of pearl on the sides has the central feature of a diamond. The thumb-piece and a small plaque on the top are of silver and when it is opened, the box is lined with deep blue velvet. It has five firm short struts as dividers in the base of the box so that packets of needles could be held securely in the spaces. The box is in very good condition for age with a couple of tiny areas of loss of the mother of pearl but this is consistent with age and use and this appears to have been a well-loved item and it is waiting to be loved again! It would be a beautiful addition of any collection related to needlework tools, particularly collections relating to packets of vintage or antique needles. Maximum height 1.97 ins (5cm), width 1.3 ins (3.3cm), depth 1.57 (4cm). Weight 26 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 301.
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