W. Avery & Son were originally needle manufacturers (William Avery being born in 1832), based in Redditch, England during the Victorian era. In the 1860s, his company started producing needle cases to display needles or their packets. The company became renowned for its figural brass needle cases, the earliest of which were manufactured between 1871-1873. Though not always practical for storing needles, they were delightful examples in the form of bees, butterflies, hedgehogs, fans, scallop shells etc. This example is the iconic ‘Walnut on Leaf’ needle case which was registered in 1873. This particular example is the classic brass walnut on leaf and opens with a simple clip at the front to reveal a gilded interior. On the base is the standard mark for ‘W. Avery & Son, Redditch’ with the registration mark in the centre. The walnut is in good condition for age and opens and closes well. There are a few scattered patches of some discolouration on the brass but this does not really detract and it would be a beautiful addition to your collection of fascinating Averys or of needlework tools in general. Maximum width 2.5 ins (6.3cm). Weight 26 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 301.