A delightful French fancy from the late Napoleon III period. This small, expandable velvet and leather case is offered in the regal shade of deep purple velvet. Having gilt metal mounts with a push button opener and all four original metal feet; this small treasure will make a stunning addition to your boudoir.
This small expandable etui case contains four mother of pearl handled tools: button hook, crochet hook or tatting purling pin, stiletto and small folding knife. Also included is a gilt metal thimble. The expandable leather concertina base holds a pair of unused with paper label knitted silk gloves.
Please see our last image for similar 19th century sewing sets in the publication Antique Needlework Tools by Nerylla Taunton page 133.
Size: 6" by 3" by 1.5" high (less when glove contents removed)
Condition: Very good usable and display condition with minor wear to the black leather folding base (easily polished and improved). Rubbing to the buttery gilt fittings. Some minor fraying to the gilt edge of the silk housing for the gilt thimble. The very tip of the folding knife blade is missing.
A gorgeous find of unusual small proportions....parfait!!
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