, Sterling Silver Numbered Needlecase, Late Victorian

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A lovely old sterling silver needle case dates to c1895-1910. It is heavy for its size, weighing 19grams, or .5 Troy ounce. This is the first needle case I've had in sterling that is marked for needle sizes, from 5 through 9. The silver is worked in a graceful, deep repousse. There is a central escutcheon shape with a monogram etched in. The lettering is done is an ornate script, making it hard for me to tell what exactly the letters are. They look like F R J, but that reading is not guaranteed!

The needle case has a revolving top. There is a tiny hole through which to deposit your needles, and through which you release them. The loop on top is for hanging the case from your chatelaine. Or from a silver chain or a silk cord around your neck. Or attaching it to your sewing basket with a pretty ribbon. The body of the needle case is 14/18". The diameter is 5/8". A rich, evocative sewing tool from the past. In very nice, functional condition. We love antiques that not only display well, but that are also useful

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Bolton Landing, New York
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