English 19th Century Tortoise Shell Sewing Box with Mother-of-Pearl and 18k Gold Tools
English circa 1840’s tortoise shell sewing box with a sterling silver name plaque on top with the name of “Mary L. Howland”, escutcheon with key and sits upon four bun feet. The fitted interior is further enhanced with bone around the edges. The entire interior is covered in a light blue satin while the lid has a padded and ruffled edge. The three center tools lift out to reveal a compartment for storage of small items. Some of the original tools are: 2 mother-of-pearl spools, gold thimble with MH in the cartouche so you know it’s original, mother-of-pearl knife with two blades, one small hairline crack on one side, 18k gold handled scissors with steel blades, mother-of-pearl bodkin with a very rare 18k gold embossed sheath, a scent bottle with an embossed gold top and cut crystal. Items added over time are: MOP tape measure, the tape is gone, MOP thread wax, MOP needle cleaner. The front right corner has a chip as pictured. Four faint hairline cracks, you can feel them rather than see, more than likely caused by heat and dryness over the years, typical of tortoiseshell. NOTE: In accordance with California laws this item cannot be shipped to CA.
WIDTH: 7½ in | HEIGHT: 2½ in | DEPTH: 4¾ in
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CONDITION: The front right corner has a chip as pictured. Four faint hairline cracks, you can feel them rather than see, more than likely caused by heat and dryness over the years, typical of tortoiseshell.