We are thrilled to have discovered this gorgeous little red leather and sterling silver sewing roll or sewing hussif from the 1800 to 1820 period. This will make the perfect addition to your Regency era sewing tool collection, or early antique purse collection.

This sweet little item would have been an indispensable accessory during this period when all ladies quietly worked with a needle. Of envelope design with silver lock plate to its front. The lock opens by sliding the teeny silver button down, and locks by pushing it up. This folding case has 5 integral skein compartments for storing lengths of expensive silk thread. It also has a front envelope type holder lined in its original sea green silk for storage of your sewing tools (now empty), also on the opposite side its original silver braid edged mirror with wool flannel leaf needle-holder and original pencil in its compartment.

The very special discovery in the integral back pocket is a folded note on ancient laid paper on the reverse page from an accounts ledger, written in old faded ink it reads
When thou art rich
Thou many friends will find
If riches fail friends soon will prove unkind

We believe this to be an ancient old English saying or maxim recorded in John Tapner's 1761 book The School Masters Repository or Youth’s Moral Preceptor – Containing A Select Store Of Curious Sentences and Maxims in Prose and Verse. Also adopted by the Quakers for use in their educational samplers of the later 18th century.

Size: Folded 2 3/4 inch tall by 3 1/4 wide. (7 cm by 8.5 cm). Unfolded 12 inch long (31 cm)

Condition: Good but not pristine, this is an original 200 years old example that has been used during its life. Please study our many images, zoom in and feel free to request more. There is a small area of wear/to the right of the silver lock plate. Some missing stitching to the top 1/8 inch of some of the stitched skein compartments. General age misting to the ancient mirror. A couple of old moth holes to the wool leaves of the needleholder.

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Antique Regency Red Leather Sewing Companion, Sewing Roll, Etui Hussif, Quaker Owned Georgian Circa 1820


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