These fascinating old Dutch silver knitting needle guards have the original silk ribbon. One boot has the 19C Dutch silver hallmark of a small sword and the other boot has the silversmith's mark embossed on it. It is rare to find a properly hallmarked and provenance pair of antique guards. The small sword mark was in use from 1814 to 1905. As the ribbon is not elasticated it places these guards pre 1850. If you zoom in on the left boot top in the second picture you can see the sword mark. It is quite tiny.
The boots are 2 inches in length. The ribbon is 20 inches long.
They are in very good condition. There is a small hole in the sole of one where a needle was pushed in too far and holed the boot sole. The ribbon has no tears or wear signs.
Nerylla Taunton in her book - Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries- has a picture of an identical pair of boots on page 180 with the exception that her pair are not hallmarked. She dates hers to 1840-1860.
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