Welcome to Antiques & Moore! THIS LISTING IS FOR AN UNUSUAL 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PALAIS ROYAL MOTHER-OF-PEARL SEWING ETUI IN HELMET SHAPED CASE, c. THE CASE IS SHAPED IN THE FORM OF A SOLDIER'S HELMET WITH THE INTERIOR OF THE CASE HAVING 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 ELABORATELY EMBOSSED GILT METAL HANDLES. 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. MEASURES 6" HIGH WITH THE OVAL BASE MEASURING 5" LONG AND 3 5/8 WIDE. THIS NICE VICTORIAN NOVELTY IS IN VERY GOOD ESTATE CONDITION WITH ONLY A FEW MINOR FLAWS. THE MOTHER-OF-PEARL IS IN GREAT CONDITION WITH NO CHIPS OR CRACKS ALTHOUGH THERE ARE A COUPLE OF MINOR CHIPS ON THE BOTTOM EDGE OF THE ALABASTER BASE.THERE ARE A COUPLE OF SMALL MISSING TRIM PIECES WITH ONE ON THE OUTSIDE EDGE OF THE MOTHER-OF-PEARL AND THE OTHER ON THE TOP EDGE. ALSO THERE ARE TWO SEWING ITEMS MISSING AS MENTIONED IN DESCRIPTION ABOVE. YOU CAN STILL WALK THIS PROMENADE 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! FRENCH ORMOLU PALAIS ROYAL 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.