This is the most gorgeous French gilt metal thread holder complete with the original scissors. The holder is made from leather and over laid with decorative brass work. Attached to the side of the piece is a sheath that holds the original thread scissors. I estimate this piece to be circa 1900. The holder is in very good antique condition and no damage that I can see to the gilt metal decoration. I have not cleaned the piece as I feel this destroys the patina that has built up over the years. The little thread scissors do have some marks to the blades but are otherwise in good condition and they fit snugly into the sheath. A truly beautiful piece for the collector of sewing ephemera. The thread holder measures 3 1/4 inches high with a diameter of 3.5 inches. The scissors measure 4 inches in length.