Gentlemen’s Black Rayskin and Silver Etui Necessaire, French, 18th Century

(France, 18th Century)

Gentlemen’s Black Rayskin and Silver Etui Necessaire, French, 18th Century
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Gentlemen’s Black Rayskin and Silver Etui Necessaire, French, 18th Century

Georgian 18th century gentleman’s silver and green rayskin etui/necessaire with push button clasp. A tapering silver case fitted with eight original tools of: steel tweezers with file, silver straight edged razor with steel blade, ivory note wafer which is actually 2 wafers joined by a gromet. The rest of the tools are silver, small hinged ruler, knife, ink pen with nib, and another piece that might have been a pencil but is missing it’s nib and bodkin. The very fine green shagreen items of this era are the finest belly skins of stingray. (NOTE: In accordance with CA laws this item cannot be shipped to California. )

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Origin France
Category Collectibles
Circa1770
Period 18th Century
Style Georgian
ConditionVery good

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CONDITION: There is one very small tear in the rayskin at the bottom as pictured and pencil nib is missing.

THB REF: 4061187432

Commentary

""In the 17th and early 18th centuries, the term "shagreen" began to be applied to leather made from sharkskin or the skin of a rayfish. Such skins are naturally covered with round, closely set, calcified papillae called placoid scales, whose size is chiefly dependent on the age and size of the animal. These scales are ground down to give a roughened surface of rounded pale protrusions, between which the dye (again, typically green vegetable dye) shows when the material is coloured from the other side. This latter form of shagreen was first popularised in Europe by Jean-Claude Galluchat, a master leatherworker in the court of Louis XV of France. It quickly became a fashion among the French aristocracy, and migrated throughout Europe by the mid-18th century."

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