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Classic Brass Avery Needle Case “The Louise”, c1870
This is a very nice example of the highly-collectible brass needle cases made by W. Avery & Son of Redditch. This one is labelled ‘The Louise’ after one of the daughters of Queen Victoria. On the front, as well as its name and ‘Needle Case’, is the maker’s name and address and the statement ‘By Royal Letters Patent’. The back also has the names and the label ‘Needle Case’ above a large urn of flowers (which is also featured on the front). The top slides up to reveal a hinged-interior which has four specific slots labelled for a packet of needles of size 6, 7, 8 and 9. Two of the packets are still present with needles. The condition is very good for age and this particular style is a must for any collector of Avery needle cases or other needlework tools. 2 ins (5cm) x 1.6 ins (4cm). Weight 22 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 301.
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