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Victorian Needlecase, Sterling Silver

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$195.00

A substantial sterling silver needlecase dating to the early 20th century.  It is heavy for its size, weighing 19grams, or .5 Troy ounce. This is the first needlecase I've had in sterling that is marked for needle sizes, from 5 through 9.  The silver is worked in a rich, deep foliate repoussee.  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 needlecase 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 a silver chain around your neck.  Or suspending it on a ribbon and attaching it to your sewing basket.  The body of the needlecase is 14/18". The diameter is 5/8".   A rich, evocative sewing tool from the past.