Welcome to Antiques & Moore! THIS LISTING IS FOR AN UNUSUAL 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PALAIS ROYAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND GILT DECORATED SEWING ETUI IN HELMET SHAPED CASE, c.THIS LOVELY VICTORIAN NOVELTY IS IN EXCELLENT ESTATE CONDITION WITH ORIGINAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL CASE WITH GILT BRONZE DECORATION. THE CASE HAS ORNATE GILT METAL TRIM ALONG THE OUTER EDGE OF THE MOTHER-OF-PEARL WITH A SMALL SECTION OF TRIM MISSING ON ONE SIDE OF TOP.
THE CASE IS SHAPED IN THE FORM OF A SOLDIER'S HELMET. THE INTERIOR OF THE CASE HAS A FITTED AND COVERED BASE WHICH HOLDS THE SEWING TOOLS. INCLUDED ARE SCISSORS, NEEDLE CASE AND STILETTO (A SHORT SMALL POINTED IMPLEMENT FOR MAKING EYELET HOLES IN FABRIC). EACH ITEM IS EMBELLISHED WITH INTRICATELY DECORATED GILT METAL HANDLES WITH EMBOSSED DESIGN.
INTERIOR IS MISSING THE THIMBLE AND BODKIN A LONG THICK NEEDLE USED FOR DRAWING TAPE, ETC. THE HELMET CASE IS MOUNTED ONTO AN OVAL PIECE OF CREAM COLORED ALABASTER. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF MINOR CHIPS ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE ALABASTER BASE.
THE MOTHER-OF-PEARL IS IN GREAT CONDITION WITH NO CHIPS OR CRACKS. PLEASE SEE ALL PHOTOS FOR COMPLETE CONDITION.MEASURES 6" HIGH WITH THE OVAL BASE MEASURING 5" LONG AND 3 5/8 WIDE. YOU CAN STILL WALK THIS PROMENADE WHEN IN PARIS TODAY. Have been in the Antiques business for over 30 years and try to describe our items as accurately as possible. We are happy to answer any questions and always appreciate your business!
The item "RARE FRENCH ORMOLU PALAIS ROYAL GILT MOTHER-OF-PEARL HELMET SHAPED SEWING ETUI" is in sale since Monday, October 17, 2011. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "antiquesandmooresales" and is located in Hendersonville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped worldwide.