This is a most interesting set of needlework tools housed in a leatherette case. Inside is an array of mother of pearl and steel accessories which comprise tweezers, corkscrew, penknife and buttonhook. The specific needlework tools include three packets of needles (Size 6, 8 and 9) made by John James & Sons of Redditch, and four faux- tortoiseshell fine knitting needles. There is a needle book with flannel leaves covered with gold satin – as are some of the containing bands for the tools (the box being lined with deep gold velvet). Other specific needlework tools include a bodkin, thimble, and three pairs of scissors – one being the desirable buttonhole variety. The box even contains a small pencil, now somewhat worn down. This set would have supplied the tools for many handwork needs. The condition of the tools is very good for age however the exterior leatherette shows widespread patchy loss with a loose section at one corner. The box closes nicely. A set such as this would be a super addition to any collection of a range of sewing/needlework tools. Length 7.6 ins (19.4cm). Width 4.6 ins (11.5cm). Depth 1.1 ins (2.6cm). Weight 342 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 299.
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