We are very pleased to offer this very pretty little fitted sewing box that was made in France during the1840 period. Of small proportions, possibly intended for a child.
This small etui has its original and very sough after white lacquer finish with gorgeous cut steel adornments. One opens the set by the push button opener to reveal the original red watermark taffeta lined lid with original red plush surround. The base interior retaining its gilt paper and mirror lined compartments. This little beauty has even retained its central, lift out taffeta section complete with original Georgian cut steel folding knife, bodkin and stiletto!! Since 1840 subsequent owners have added to this set; you can see that it is full of gorgeous bits and bobs including mop buttons, two tiny wood cotton reels, a black toleware double bobbin, a Hudsons Soap thimble, a gilt waxer, The Flora Macdonald Crewel Needle packet Size 3/7, Brown Davis & Co, Mandarin silk bone shaped card holder and a tiny packet of THE TINIEST ever Mappins No 12 steel sewing needles (we had to use our jewellers loupe to find the needle's eye as they look like pins!!
Size: A small 5.5" (14 cm) by 3.25" (8 cm) by 1.25" (3.5 cm)
Condition: Good, untouched and perfectly sound. Normal signs of wear consistent with its age - in the form of dust trapped in the cut steel adornments, a small watermark to the lid bottom right corner and minor nibbles to the very corners of the base. One tool is missing from the removable red silk compartment, lost over the years. The underside original yellow base paper a little torn. The lid closes beautifully with a satisfying snap.
Opening the lid is like walking out of a time machine as one could almost pick up where the last Victorian owner put down.
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Antique 19th Century French Sewing Box Etui White Lacquer Circa 1840
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