This is a lovely boxed set of scissors and thimble in 9ct gold. The box is of black leatherette with one fine band of gilt tooling on the top. When opened it reveals a green silk lining to the lid and a shaped green velvet lower section for the two tools. The scissors fit within their specific slot partly within the thimble. The scissors are most decorative with gold handles and gilded steel blades. They are marked 375 (for 9ct gold), Birmingham, c1900 and have a maker’s mark which is not clearly identifiable. There are some other tiny marks which we cannot read. The thimble (which tests for a similar carat) has a decorative border with an un-engraved cartouche. It is in very good condition for age. The scissors are also in very good condition – the points can meet but do not cut precisely to the tip. There is some wear to the gilding on the steel. The box itself has some fraying to the silk inside the lid but the main velvet section is very good for age. There is some slight wear to the base of the box but the top is in very good condition for age. The catch is a little temperamental. It is lovely to find these items still contained within their original box and this was obviously a treasured item that was used and loved. This would be a lovely example to add to a collection of needlework tools, especially boxed examples or for those interested in unusual thimbles and scissors. Length of box 5 ins (12.7cm), maximum width 2.5 ins (6.3cm). Weight 66 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 302.
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