Baxter Needle Box Needle Case With Needles Admiral Sir Charles Napier 1855
A sweet little antique needle case pin cushion from the very beginning of Queen Victoria's illustrious reign. This tiny needle case would make a lovely addition to your antique sewing tool collection or indeed a period doll's house.
English and dating to the 1855 period; this book form case is covered in dark brown, gilt tooled morocco leather. To the front we see a paper colored engraving of Sir Charles Napier (1782-1852). This needle-box print was part of The Allied Sovereigns and the commanders of their forces' set produced by George Baxter in 1855 to honor the Crimean War. See p 146 of Antique Needlework Tools by Nerylla Taunton. Sir Charles was married to the great granddaughter of Charles II. He joined the army in 1794 and rose through the ranks. Most notable for his role as commander in chief in India and also General of the British Empire.
The gilt sides imitate book pages. One opens the lid to reveal the original pink velvet pin cushion lid liner with matching raspberry pink inner lining paper with gilt motifs. Three packets of 19th century needles can also be found to the interior. Each unused and containing their original, as new, contents. We see improved patent Egg Eye Sharps 8 with a gilt elephant to the front. A smaller packet of needles with a dark wrapper, hard to read 'stoo.....1817' and one larger packet that has lost its outer wrapping.
Measuring 2" by 1.25" by 5/8".
Condition is very good. A little nick our of the very corner tip of the spine. One pin hole in the base end. Gilt loss to the page edges. All minor and as one would expect from an antique of this age.
A wonderful little treasure waiting for a new owner.
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