An exquisite sewing treasure dating towards 1850, it originates from a small collection purchased in France. We sell the case only with this listing, the needles were used for size reference.
Needlework was fashioned by all well bred ladies of the Napoleon III era. Fine embroidery required lots of precious needles. These were stored in small cases which could be tucked into a dress pocket.
Gilt wash over silver (vermeil) produces a brilliant patina. There is a pretty engraved design of scrolls and cartouche on the body. The top half has a large cartouche which was to be used for engraved initials. At each end there is a decorative finial with deeply cast scrolls and arabesques. There is the sanglier silver hallmark at the top edge of the bottom inside top.
It measures: 3" long and 1/4" wide. It is in very good antique condition. We sell the case only....the needles pictured are modern and were used for size reference.
It is such a beautifully elegant sewing accessory. It is difficult to imagine an era when even the smallest of objects were produced by fine workshops to be used in daily life. This small needle case brings an aura of the enchanting past to our modern space.