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VICTORIAN ivory etui circa 1867.
Each piece is matching and the kit is perfectly complete… even the hinges
match the items as they are all dotted. Included inside are sterling silver
sewing necessities: scissors, needle case, thimble and punch. On the front is a
Coat of Arms and the words
"British
Expedition of 1867 to Abysinnia"
. This particular etui was made for a family
member of Lieutenant General Sir Napier who led the expedition.
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VICTORIAN ivory etui circa
1867. Each piece is matching and the kit is perfectly complete… even
the hinges match the items as they all have the dotted pattern. Included inside are
gilt sterling silver sewing necessities: scissors, needle case, thimble,
bodkin and
punch. On the front is a Coat of Arms and the words

"British Expedition of 1867 to Abysinnia"
. This particular etui was
made for a family member of Lieutenant General Sir Napier who led the
expedition. See a simpler version in Taunton’s "Antique Needlework
Tools" page 122. #V31876

VICTORIAN Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier of Magdala.

Born December 6, 1810, died January 14, 1890.
"British
Expedition of 1867 to Abysinnia"
#V31876





VICTORIAN sewing set in
original moss green velvet box, includes mother-of-pearl lidded 2-1/4"
needle case; mother-of-pearl handled 3-1/2" glove hook, 3-3/4" flat
nosed tweezers and 3-1/2" punch; silver 3-5/8" scissors; 4" tambour hook
of steel with gilt tip and hook; 2-1/8" bodkin with large eye; and 3/4"
"solid nickel silver" #2 thimble, all in fitted case 9-1/4" by 3-5/8".
Circa 1890. See Thompson’s "Sewing Tools & Trinkets" page 79.
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VICTORIAN

sewing set in original moss green velvet box, includes silver 1" thimble;
mother-of-pearl handled 3-3/4" glove hook; 3-1/2" punch; 3-7/8" flat nosed
tweezers; 2-1/2" silver bodkin; "Elfin" silver 3-1/8" scissors; 1-1/3"
needle case all in fitted 5-1/2" by 5-1/2" case. Circa 1890. See Thompson’s
"Sewing Tools & Trinkets" page 79.
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VICTORIAN

sewing set in red velvet original box, includes mother-of-pearl handled
3-7/8" glove hook, 4" punch; two bodkins, each 2-1/2"; Sheffiled England
2-1/2" tiny scissors and 1" sterling thimble hallmarked "G&S 15" and
Chester 1896, all in fitted 5-1/2" by 3-1/4" box. See Thompson’s "Sewing
Tools & Trinkets" page 79.
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STERLING floral
motif tatting shuttle, 2-7/8".
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VICTORIAN
sewing set in original and charming heart shaped box, purple lining,
includes mother-of-pearl handled pocket knife with sterling blade hallmarked
"W.N" Sheffiled England 1901, tip broken, 3-1/3" glove hook, 3-7/8" tambour
hook and 3-7/8" punch; sterling 1" thimble hallmarked "JF’ Birmingham 1901;
two 2-1/2" bodkins; and Royse Bros. Sheffield 3-7/8" scissors, all in fitted
5-1/2" by 5-1/4" box . The box has the British registry mark for October of
1874. See similar boxes in Thompson’s "Sewing Tools & Trinkets" page 79.
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STERLING
F & B decorative
thread bobbin. #a4181




R&S Co
sterling sewing scissors with dolphin and scroll handles, 3-1/2" #a5482

STERLING needle
case for a chatelaine, embossed dragon and scrolls motif, 3-1/8".
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STERLING embossed sewing scissors 4-1/2″,
marked "sterling 447" #a13522




STERLING
bodkin/needle with floral embossed design, 3-1/4". #A50356

STERLING lidded thimble
box, lion mark "JK", 1-1/4".
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STERLING glove darner with
loop, 4-1/3", circa 1900. #A50358







PANSY lady face silver tone metal buttons, set of
12, 1" each.
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VICTORIAN

Niagara Falls souvenir beaded 5" pin cushion, purple fabric
with cream glass beads, "from Nagara Falls". The bird, flower and leaves
motif is heavily beaded and unusually well done, probably an Iroquois Indian
piece. A back flap opens to house the pins and needles.
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STERLING handled
embossed floral design darner, 6″ long and marked “A” in a diamond.
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VICTORIAN hallmarked
"L" sterling embossed scissor guard, initialed, 2".
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VICTORIAN ivory pin box with hand carved roses and flowers on top,
screw lid, wonderful old patina, 3-5/8" by 1-1/8".
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VICTORIAN bog oak thimble holder with thimble, 1-1/8" by 1-1/3". View #V31208




VICTORIAN mother-of-pearl
box for needles, 3-1/2" by 2" by 1-1/2". The perfect little sewing
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VICTORIAN gold filled and goldstone
"Nanny brooch", circa 1880. One
end of the brooch unscrews to access a hidden compartment which holds a
sewing needle and thread. Marked
on the back "DRCM 268036", 2". See Bell’s Collecting
Victorian Jewelry
page 152 and Taunton’s "Antique Needlework Tools"
page 208.
#tat28.
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VICTORIAN transitional
to Art Nouveau black celluloid pin box with Persian turquoise cabochons on
the top, 4-1/4" by 1-1/2" by 5/8" deep.
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VICTORIAN abalone and mother-of-pearl thimble holder
lined in wine colored velvet including a silver thimble marked size 9, 1-1/2" by 1" by 1".
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GEORGIAN sterling etui in wood
fitted original box, Louis Alexandre Bruneau of Paris circa 1830, French
hallmarks, wooden box 2-3/4" by 4-3/4", scissors 3-5/8"; needle case 2-3/4";
punch 2-3/4"; needle 2", thimble 3/4".
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VICTORIAN sterling silver
bodkin set in soft green fabric case with cream lining, ribbon as is. Each piece has a floral
motif, and these would have been used to pull ribbon through needlework or a
piece of clothing.
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THIMBLE box in rose pink
velvet fitted for the sterling "Made in England" thimble hallmarked HG&S
(Henry Green & Sons?) Birmingham 1856 size 13.
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VICTORIAN girl’s
Persian turquoise ring and gold filled thimble in original fitted box. This
would have bee a lovely gift for a young girl.
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VICTORIAN
silver thimble and case, thimble marked "Pat."
and size "9", 7/8"
thimble and 1-1/8" box. This thimble came to me with the box, but is
probably not original to it. It looks sterling but because it is not
marked, I am calling it silver.
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VICTORIAN mother-of-pearl thread winder in the form of a fish with etched
scales and two birds in a circle design, 2-1/4".

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GORHAM sterling pin cushion with pierced sides and rose cushion, marked on
the bottom, "Gorham Sterling, 4780", 4" by 2-1/2" by 1-1/2" high.
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CHATELAINE, part of the set #a28587

SEWING
CHATELAINE
3-1/2" belt clip chatelaine of steel and 12-facet cut
steel brads holding 11" chains with a 1-1/2" thimble and bucket holder,
1-1/2" wheel type pin cushion, 2-1/8" aide memoir with 2 thick bone
pages, 3-1/3" scissors, 2-3/4" tube holding a bone handled 2" punch and
2-5/8" retractable pencil with thick lead, circa 1820. A more
sophisticated cut steel chatelaine can be seen in "Jewels & Jewelry" by
Clare Phillips on page 65.
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CHATELAINE scissors and pin holder, part of the set #a28587




VICTORIAN cut steel chatelaine notebook, part of the set #a29100

VICTORIAN 1800s cut steel
sewing chatelaine, 2-5/8" top with 7-1/2" to 10" chains, 1-1/2" pin cushion
still with 2 hand-made pins, 2-1/2" pencil, 1-3/4" whistle, 1-5/8" wax, and
1-1/8" glove hook/corkscrew for getting corks out of perfume bottles, 7/8"
measuring tape that winds in and a notebook with 2" by 1-1/3" ivory pages,
cut steel brads 10-15 facets.
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VICTORIAN cut steel chatelaine pin holder, part of the set #a29100




TATTING shuttle in
mother-of-pearl with etched design, initials "JD" and a sterling back,
2-1/2". #a29389

TATTING
shuttle of abalone with two rings of tatting attached.
#tat12

TATTING shuttle of
mother-of-pearl. #tat13




TATTING shuttle
of ivory carved with an oriental scene, probably early 19th century Canton
Chinese. See one in Taunton’s "Antique Needlework Tools" page 84.
#tat28

TATTING instructions for a
handbag. This pattern has a row of glass beads worked into the design
along the top of the bag.
TATTED purse with a
drawstring top.
CLOSER view to show the
stitches.

TATTING shuttle
of ivory carved with a design of birds and vines. #tat30




TATTING shuttle
in mother-of-pearl with wonderful coloring. #tat1

TATTING shuttle
made of seashell in contrasting colors. #tat2

TATTING shuttle
of mother-of-pearl.
#tat7




TATTING shuttle
of abalone in blues and greens. #tat15

TATTING shuttles
made of sea shell.

TATTING shuttle of abalone in a
rainbow of
tans, lavenders and pinks. #tat18




TATTING shuttle of
hand hammered sterling, 2-5/8". #a25388

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with gothic face design.
#tat17

TATTING shuttle
in sterling with dogwood motif, 2-1/2". #a25390




TATTING shuttle
of hand hammered sterling engraved with the initial "K". #tat9

TATTING shuttle
of heavy sterling with a Greek key edge, 2-1/2". It is marked "sterling"
on one side, and it has a fixed bobbin rather than one the slides out.
It is in very good vintage condition with only the light scratches you
would expect from it’s age. #a25395

TATTING shuttle of
sterling with daisies. #tat16




TATTING shuttle
of sterling with Greek key edge design. #tat24

TATTING shuttle
of sterling engraved with the initial "M". sterling
#tat25

TATTING shuttle of
sterling with a scrolling design. #tat26






R&S Co
sterling sewing scissors with dolphin and scroll handles, 3-1/2" #a5482

STERLING needle
case for a chatelaine, embossed dragon and scrolls motif, 3-1/8".
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STERLING embossed sewing scissors 4-1/2″,
marked "sterling 447" #a13522




TATTING shuttle of sterling
engraved with flowers and the initials "BJA", 2-5/8".
#a25391

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with a mistletoe and ribbon motif engraved with the initial
"S", 2-7/8". #a25387

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with engraved design. #tat22




TATTING shuttle
of brass engraved with "Ola". #tat6

TATTING shuttle
of sterling with lavender enameling.
#tat8

TATTING shuttle of sterling engraved
"Nora 1-13-16". #tat19




TATTING shuttle of
silver metal. My husband bought this for me on Valentine’s Day many years
ago. We did not discover the heart-shaped fitting inside until after we
got it home. #tat4

. TATTING shuttles
in three sizes. #tat31

TATTING shuttle
in silver metal made by Boye.
#tat5




TATTING shuttle
made by C.D. Fischer Mfg. Co. This one comes with it’s own handle for
winding thread onto the shuttle.
#tat32

TATTING shuttle and
winder, closer view.

TATTING shuttle
from the 1950’s. This is one many of today’s tatters learned on, and is easy
to use as the spool turns smoothly it has the convenient end hook. #tat29





GOLD TONE "JB (Jennings
Brothers?) 1349" copper colored metal shoe pin cushion, 6-1/4" long and
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MINERVA
LEVER quadruple NEEDLE CASE, an unusual 4-level pop-up sewing needle case or casket made of brass,
circa 1869. There are four buttons that make the four different levered
layers of needles pop up, one at a time. It is marked "Quadruple Minerva Lever Casket,
patented, Copestake, Moore, Crampton & Co., London" and the mechanical
patent number for this is stated as #3517 in one place and #2998 in
another. It is decorated with an embossed head
and helmet of Minerva, goddess of war, knowledge and trade, on both front and back. It is 1-1/4" by 2-3/4" in
size and it functions stiffly but well. You can see a similar version in
Taunton’s book "Antique Needlework Tools" on page 165. Inside the case
are some antique needles, amazingly still there. At this web site you
can see a bit more information about this case:
http://www.coulthart.com/avery/needlecase-pages/quad-minerva.html
It a great sewing collectable and an unusual one.

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GOLD tone metal
high-heeled shoe pin holder, 7". This would be a great way to display a
stick pin collection. #a22716