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Antique Natural Shell Ladies Companion Sewing Set W/ Sterling Silver Tools*c1850 For Sale
Ladies Companion Needlework/Sewing Set
* Circa 1850
beautiful etui is made of wood that's been covered with panels of
natural shell. The fitted interior contains a matching set of
ornate English sterling tools. Included are a silver
thimble, tape measure, propelling pencil, penknife, stiletto, bodkin
All test sterling silver but were made before English silversmiths were
required to mark small silver items. The stiletto has a mother of pearl
shank and the scissors have steel blades. A leather fold-open
needle book, a mirror (silvering flaking) and a note board to write on
all have their own compartments.
scalloped rim thimble has a wide band with applied decoration and
in nice condition, in round with with
no holes or repairs. It's about an American size 8 (15 mm diameter
little tape measure has a purple silk tape (36 inches long &
original). It is missing the first 1/2". The scissors
blades, sharp points and cut pretty well. The penknife has a sharp
steel blade and closes with a snap. The blade is stamped with the
maker's name, Unwin & Rodgers, in business from 1828-1867. The
pencil works well (twists out the lead) and the bodkin is in the form
of a fish. The silver on the tools is in excellent condition with no
dents or other damage.
interior is lined with the
original red paper & silk velvet.
The leather below the top is gold stamped with the maker or retailer's
name, B. B. Wells at 431 Strand in London. The only damage to the
exterior is a small
chip at the top edge and two chips on the bottom. The top has some
fading from the sun and is mounted with a gold shield cartouche (not
engraved). It's 4 3/8" tall, 2 1/8" wide
& 2 3/8" deep. A
shell lady's companion isshown
on p. 126 of Nerylla Taunton's book Antique Needlework Tools and
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On Mar-29-13 at 21:27:01 PDT, seller added the following information: