A luxury Victorian sewing etui from a bygone age manufactured by maker to the Royal family. This fabulously tactile Victorian sewing compendium was made and retailed by the very salubrious Walter Thornhill, 144 Bond Street, London. Thornhill were established in 1734 and ceased trading in 1905. They were retailing at 144 Bond Street address from 1810. Well known for not only their silver products but also for luxury items including writing boxes and dressing cases etc. Their Royal Warrant extended to many members of the British Royal family including Queen Victoria and the Prince and Princess of Wales. The company also won medals for their objects at many exhibitions including Great Exhibition of 1851, the International Exposition of 1855 in Paris to name but a few..................
If quality counts, this delightful object is sure to please.
Size: 2" tall (5 cm) by approx 1.5" (3 cm) at its widest point
We see a bronze outer shell with unmarked white metal suspension ring, mounts, hinge and clasp. Although unmarked these fittings are 100 % sterling silver. One opens the lift button clasp to reveal the GORGEOUS gilt wash inner top lid. The base of the egg is fully marked with THORNHILL 144 BOND STREET around the inner gilt wash collar. This collar contains 13 holes for 13 pins. The inner core of the base is blue silk velvet lined and houses a later silver hallmarked thimble for Birmingham (Anchor), year 1880 (date letter lower case f). One removes the silver thimble to access the removable compendium. This metal compendium has a top bobbin lid which removes to reveal a central needle holder inside two further bobbins. As one would expect from this quality maker; all very neat, all fit exactly in place.
Condition: Very good with a beautiful patina and near all original contents apart from two replacement pins. There is a small, very shallow indentation to the bronze base just below the front fastener; very difficult to photograph but mentioned for accuracy.
This is a superb little etui, from a quality British maker. WE guarantee that it will be the star of your collection.
Ref: John Culme, 'The Directory of Gold & Silversmiths 1838-1914', Woodbridge 1987
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