REDUCED SALE price is a MAGNIFICENT VERY RARE ALL ORIGINAL ANTIQUE FRENCH MINIATURE WALNUT SEWING ETUI/TOILETTE NECESSAIRE! We hardly EVER come across these wonderful miniature items, as they are coveted by both collectors of antique French FASHION DOLLS as well as antique SEWING EPHEMERA, and this particular item is now being offered for sale after being cherished in a collection for over twenty years------you will love this RARE and TINY original piece! Miniature etuis were NOVELTY ITEMS in the latter half of the nineteenth century, and Victorians loved to use AUTHENTIC WALNUTS such as this one as the case to house tiny sewing items, miniature toys and dolls as well as toilette necessaires--------and hard to find in COMPLETE and ALL ORIGINAL condition such as this is is in! The set consists of an exquisite miniature and REAL WALNUT etui measuring a DIMINUTIVE 1 7/8" wide and 1 3/4" tall when closed; we don't know if it ever had a hook closure in front but it does close securely.It is hinged in back and has an ornate brass frame with lovely EMBOSSED SCROLLING----the workmanship is just EXQUISITE! When opened, it reveals its original deep ROSE SILK lined interior lid with matching original interior VELVET COVERED bottom half containing little compartments to house its original TINY NECESSAIRE items! Please note that the front of the walnut has an old crack on the bottom half which we think was in the way it was made, and the back does have a crack and a small piece missing, revealing its original lined silk interior!
The miniature items include SIX PIECES consisting of a GOLD THIMBLE measuring only 3/4" tall and 3/8" in diameter, a GOLD SCISSORS measuring a tiny 1 1/12" tall and wide, a very fancy little EMBOSSED NEEDLE CASE that is a mere 1 1/8" tall, a BONE AWL that is 1 1/16" high, another embossed and ORNATE AWL measuring 1 1/16" tall, and our favorite, a fabulous miniature CRANBERRY GLASS PERFUME or scent bottle with original hinged lid, measuring a tiny 1 1/4" tall and 3/8" in diameter across the bottom! We believe the thimble and the embossed needle case and awl are made of ORMOLU BRASS; it is possible they are made of 14k gold but we did not have it acid tested so cannot guarantee it.
The scissors appears to be made of gold metal, and the bone awl is very delicate and lightweight, showing signs of staining where the awl was housed tightly in its dark rose velvet compartment for so many years! The tiny cranberry glass perfume/scent bottle is made of beautiful heavy CUT GLASS, with its original brass hinged lid; it may have originally contained a glass dabber, but is now just the glass bottle with its original lid. For scale purposes we are showing this STUNNING SET being modeled by our 13 antique French Fashion, who although not included in this offering DELIGHTS in doing the modeling honors of this SPECTACULAR PIECE; she is envisioning it being showcased on her very own vanity as her favorite TOILETTE NECESSAIRE accessory!Please note that any doll or accessory items used for display are not included in this offering, unless otherwise specified. THANK YOU for LOOKING, and GOOD LUCK! The item "SALEVERY RARE A/O ANTIQUE FRENCH MINIATURE WALNUT SEWING ETUI FOR FASHION DOLLS" is in sale since Tuesday, September 24, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Sewing (Pre-1930)\Needles & Cases". The seller is "doriansroom" and is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
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