Belle Epoch Sterling Silver Needle Case, c1885

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This is the first needlecase we've ever had in sterling silver in which the needle sizes are engraved on the exterior.  Beautifully designed and made by an excellent silversmith, this Belle Epoch needlecase is deeply chased overall in an opulent Art Nouveau motif of scrolls, swirls and cross-hatching. A center shield is engraved with the letters TRJ. We think.  The letters are very fancy, in keeping with the style of the day. So fancy, they're hard to make out.

All repousse work is in excellent condition, with little or no apparent wear.  A bit of tarnish adds to the deep richness of the look.  The numbers of the needle sizes and the decorative work - all is easy to read. (Except for those letters in the monogram.) There is a hole in the top of the lid through which the proper needle advances when needed.  You simply swivel the bail to the number of the needle you want.  The bail is also there for hanging this case on a chatelaine.  Today, a woman might like to wear the needle case on a long silver chain, as a pendant ~ an attractive, unique look. 

This case is in super condition and is eager to be once again put to good use, wether for sewing or as a piece of distinctive jewelry.  2 1/4" long including bail; diameter of 5/8". 

Home Farm Antiques
Bolton Landing, New York
(518) 644-2845