A rare little needlework etui from the late Georgian/ regency period. Beautifully wrought in blue wool and silk in a vibrant flame stitch or bargello design upon a canvas ground. We adore the clear Vauxhall glass button. One of a near pair each sold individually, perhaps a his and hers or for two sisters of the house, see last images.
It is likely that this small case would have been made to store a house key rather than scissors. Remember that keys were large two hundred years ago. Large iron keys if kept loose in one's pocket or reticule could easily get snagged and damage the reticule/pocket. Therefore individual key cases were made to store ones house key, this case could be carried or suspended from ones waist.
Size:4" (10 cm) tall by 1.5 (3.5 cm)
Condition: This little case was regularly used. There is wear to the stitching near the bottom both front and rear to now expose the under canvas. There is not any lining. Minor misting to the Vauxhall glass button.
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Antique 19th Century Flame Stitch Sewing Case Etui Blue Bargello Needlework Vauxhall Glass Button Circa 1830
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