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Foreword to Hanne Büktas Collection of Antique Needlework Tools and Sewing Accessories World collectors first learned of the eminently-private collector, Hanne Büktas of Vienna, Austria when her collection of dollhouses and miniatures was sold by Theriaults in 2010. Then in November 2013, her stunning collection of French poupées was presented. The January 12 auction, featuring extraordinary needlework and sewing rarities from the finest European estates, garnered for more than 30 years by this illustrious Viennese collector, completes that auction trilogy. Examples range from superb examples of the Palais Royal sewing boxes and tools, to an extraordinary sewing table with music box to a collection of Viennese sewing boxes with miniature painted scenes on the lids by early 19th century Viennese artist Balthasar Wigand. English sewing boxes pose side-by-side with luxury French necessaires, and there are, quite literally, 100s of rare sewing tools in silver, wood, bone, and other precious materials. The auction features 350 lots of rare treasures, notable not only for their rarity, but for their completeness - each set has each and every of its rare little complements. x

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1. Grodnertal Wooden Lady as Pincushion with Companion

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4 ½” (11 cm.) Wooden torso with black sculpted and painted hair and facial features, wooden arms with articulation at shoulders and elbows has original attached silk gown whose skirt is padded to function as a pincushion, and is decorated with beading and tassels. Along with a later metal bulldog figure seated next to an attached green velvet pincushion. Generally excellent. Grodnertal, circa 1850. $400/600

2. French Miniature Gilt Box as Thimble Holder with Matching Thimble

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2 ½” (6 cm.) closed. Designed to appear as a twig with bird’s nest containing a nest, the gilt metal fancy is decorated with green enamel leaves, and the egg hinges open to hollow interior which contains a gilt thimble with green painted decorations, Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $400/600

3. Early Porcelain Sewing Tool Case in the Shape of Swaddling Baby

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4. Outstanding French Needlework Necessaire as Bird Nest 7” (18 cm.) Of intricately-woven gilt metal in the shape of a bird’s next resting in a bower of twigs that are decorated with green-enamel metal leaves, the nest enclosing a fitted opaline glass egg with brass frame which hinges open to reveal gilt sewing tools in a fitted ensemble, comprising scissors, thimble, awl and needle case. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $1800/2500

5. French Miniature Necessaire with Scissors Emblem for Poupée 3 ½” (9 cm.) The heavy card-stock case with bombeshaped sides is decorated with green silk and cream lining, having green silk ribbons and gilt paper accents, with die-cut of scissors on the lid and leather handles. The lid removes for access to interior. Originally presented as a bon-bon box, and designed for later use as necessaire for poupée. Excellent condition. French, circa 1865. $300/500

5” (13 cm.) Fine porcelain figural of baby in swaddling clothes decorated with colorful flowers and having 5. a pink-edge ruffled 3. bonnet with feathers at the side, and a sculpted pink bow at the back, hinges open at the upper torso, with brass-fitted frame, for access to the hollow interior. The face is especially charming and well-defined. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $800/1100

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of-pearl veneered wooden vanity box with single drawer, pearl ball feet, and a gilt-framed oval mirror with bracket hinges. Of utility use as a pincushion, the object is perfectly-scaled for display in a lady doll environment. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1820. $800/1200

6. Viennese Miniature Pincushion with Mother-of-Pearl and Gilt Hinged Mirror 5� (13 cm.) An egg-shaped silk-covered pin cushion is centered on a mother-

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7. German Bisque Lady Doll with Hidden Pincushion 7 ½” (19 cm.) Bisque shoulder head of adult lady with blonde sculpted hair in very ornate coiffure and decorated with blue bow, pierced ears, painted facial features, muslin body which forms into a padded pincushion hidden beneath her skirt, bisque arms, wearing original gown of blue velvet, silk and lace. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1870. $700/900

8. Early Elaborately-Fitted French Etui with Hidden Lock 6” (15 cm.) An octagon-shaped box with lacquered cream finish decorated with delicate gold and green tooling, springs opens when the wreath-shaped silver handle is pushed down. When the box is closed, the opening system is secret. The box has red silk faille lining and 11 fitted compartments and thimble holder, each with original sewing or toilette tool and mirror. Excellent condition, the set is complete. French, late 18th century. $1800/2300

9. English Bone Fretwork Sewing Case “Stephenson’s Rocket”

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4 ½” (11 cm.) Delicatelyfretwork-carved steam engine railway car with wheels that actually turn, has smokestack as needle case, and a lift-top roof on the car for storage of sewing tools. The unusual model was inspired by the famous Liverpool and Manchester railway line whose 1829 steam locomotive designed by George Stephenson was called “The Rocket”. Excellent condition. English, circa 1830. $1000/1500

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10. Fine French Musical Sewing Necessaire in the Shape of Grand Piano with Original Key 12” (30 cm.) l. 7”h. The rosewood-veneer sewing necessaire in the shape of a grand piano with inlay faux keys on the lid is fitted with brass claw feet and brass appliques of garlands and wreaths, with lock and key 8.

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in fancy escutcheon. The lid hinges open to reveal the luxuriously-fitted purple velvet interior containing a very fancy hallmarked silver thimble, and silver scissors, awl and needlecase, along with unusual mother-of-pearl tools including three snowflakes, winders and file. Beneath a silver bead and metallic-thread embroidered panel is a musical box with lovely quality music, which operates from original key. Excellent condition, one winder has two chipped tips, music functions well. French, circa 1825. $4500/6500

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11. French Mother-of-Pearl Egg-Shaped Necessaire on Gilt and Marble Mount 6 ½� (17 cm.) Posed upon a round marble plinth with ornate gilt metal mount and center pillar is a large mother-of-pearl egg with gilt metal frame. The egg hinges open at the center to reveal a gilt tray with fitted sewing tools comprising scissors, awl, needle case and thimble. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875. $700/1000

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12. Outstanding Early 19th Century Gold Sewing Chatelaine in Original Case 7� (18 cm.) overall. Presented in a kidskin case with blue silk fitted interior is a richly-embossed chatelaine with belt loop, braided chains, scissors case with original scissors, two needle or tool cases, thimble case, seal with bird emblem, and one additional. Excellent condition. Continental, early 19th century. $3000/4000

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13. Early 19th Century Viennese Musical Sewing Box with Friendship Messages 12” (30 cm.) x 10” x 5”. A wooden box is elaborately-decorated with embossed gilt papers, beveled mirrored edges and a central lithograph depicting Prague with lithographer’s stamp of V. Morstadt. Inside are two removable trays with various glass-topped compartments, each containing an exquisite cut-paper and embroidered card with a friendship message, along with red velvet pincushions and gilt edging. Below the trays is a hidden compartment containing a music box inscribed N.O. 3304 which operates from a keywind at the side. Excellent condition, one mirror crack, music functions well. Viennese, early 19th century, a very beautiful sewing box with poignant history. $4500/6500

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14. German Porcelain Scissors Case by Meissen with Four Painted Scenes

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5” (13 cm.) Of fine porcelain, the scissors case is decorated with four different romantic scenes along with floral nosegays and gilt stenciled outlines, hinges open at the gold-plated frame to reveal a gilt interior containing a fine pair of gold and silver scissors with unusual beaded design. Excellent condition. Germany, attributed to Meissen, mid-18th century. $2200/2700

15. Fine Porcelain Thimble Case with Castle and Village Scenes and Gold Thimble 4” (10 cm.) An urn-shaped porcelain case is decorated with two scenes of castle and village in elegant gilt cartouche and with painted floral decorations above. There is gilt metal floral finial and the case hinges open at the center to neatlyfitted interior which holds a gold thimble. Excellent condition. Continental, late 18th century. $1600/1900 14 detail.

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16. Early Enameled Etui with Floral Scenes 3 ¼” (8 cm.) Of rectangular shape with


slightly-tapered base and rounded edges, the metal gilded frame necessaire has rich enamel finish decorated with four different colorful floral arrangements, each within a scrolled cartouche. The case hinges open at the gilt metal frame for access to the hollow interior. Excellent condition. Early 19th century. $700/900

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17. French Enamel Etui with Eight Scenes 3 ¾” (9 cm.) Heavilyenameled sewing necessaire with raised cartouche and beading designs has eight different painted scenes on the sides and a scene on the cap which 17 detail. appears to point to the sun. The box has gilt bronze frame which hinges open to a brass interior containing two sewing tools. Excellent

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18. German Porcelain Scissors Case with Gilt Mounts 4 ½” (11 cm.) Of fine porcelain with raised designs, the case has four different hand-painted romantic scenes along with floral garlands at the sides and gilt scrolls, having gilt mounts with opening hinge. Excellent condition. Germany, attributed to Meissen, circa 1840. $1200/1500

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3 ½” (9 cm.) Of fine porcelain with pale green painted background centering two larger romantic scenes with elaborate raised gilt scroll-work, two smaller scenes, and a far-away castle scene on the cap, with blue Meissen stamp on the base, and having gilt mounts with opening hinge. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1840. $1200/1500

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20. Outstanding French Palais Royal Sewing Box for “Eleanor” with Mother-of-Pearl Contents with Original Key 7 ½” (19 cm.) The bombe-shaped wooden box of finest exotic veneers and inlays has beaded designs on the lid with bail handle, mother-of-pearl inlay and escutcheon, and bone feet. It hinges open to mirrored back with braid edging, and pale green velvet fitted base, containing a silk floral embroidered panel, a gold thimble inscribed “Eleanor”, and mother-of-pearl needle case, scissors, awl, sliding lid box, and two winders, along with original key and silk cover. Excellent condition, complete and original contents. French, of the Palais Royal luxury quality, circa 1790. $3500/5500

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21. Superb French Palais Royal Bronze and Opaline Sewing Box 7 ½� (19 cm.) Of finest gilded metal and bronze, the oval case has gargoyle-shaped handles, scrolled feet and elaborate diamond-shaped panels with opaline centers having delicate carving, and a large opaline oval lid with further delicate carving. The case hinges open to a mirrored back and a fitted silk velvet interior containing superb mother-of-pearl tools including silver-tipped scissors with urn and floral design and gilt trim, thimble, two needle cases, awl, pick and glass bottle, each with rich gilt accents. Excellent condition, with complete and original contents, French, of the Palais Royale luxury quality, circa 1810. $5500/7500 21.

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22. English Silver Thimble in Tortoise Shell Case

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1 ½” (4 cm.) case. The silver thimble with impressed dot design is preserved in original wooden case with tortoiseshell veneer, hinged lid, and fitted interior. Excellent condition. English, circa 1800. $600/900

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23. Dutch Gold Thimble with Inscribed Date in Original Case 1” (3 cm.) case. The gold thimble with beaded design and decorative border is inscribed on the interior “11 Maart 1909” and is preserved in its original fitted leather case. Excellent condition. Dutch, circa 1900. $600/800

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1” (3 cm.) case. ¾”thimble. The gold thimble with rich design is inscribed on the exterior rim “18 M.C.&S” and hallmarks, and is presented in original fitted jeweler’s box labeled “Wallace Allen Watchmaker, Jeweller & Silversmith, 4 Newmarket St. Ayr”. Excellent condition. English, early 20th century. $800/1100

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25. French “Lamb Pulling a Thimble Cart” 4 ½” (11 cm.) A porcelain lamb with well-defined fleecy coat has gilt metal harness attached to a two-wheeled cart with driver’s handle, which supports a beveled-edge crystal box with hole for silver thimble which is included. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $500/700 24.

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26. English Gold Thimble in Original Leather Case 1” (3 cm.) thimble. 1 ½” case. The gold thimble with beehive design has a wide rim with separate panels that are each inscribed with a delicate design, and is enclosed in original fitted leather case. Excellent condition. English, mid-19th century. $800/1100

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28. German 18th Century Porcelain Thimble by Meissen 1” (3 cm.) ¾”. The unusually-shaped short and wide thimble of fine porcelain has impressed beehive design on the lid and a wide band that is decorated with red floral design, with gold interior and rims. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1790. $1500/2100 29 detail.

29. Extremely Rare German 18th Century Thimble by Meissen with Landscape Scenes 1” (3 cm.) ¾”. The porcelain thimble with incised beehive lattice design on the tip has a wide gold band with two oval sepia-toned scenes, one depicting a country landscape, and the other a seaside scene with people in the foreground, a lighthouse, and a sailing ship; and with gold (rubbed) interior. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1770. $3500/4500

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30. Extremely Rare German 18th Century Porcelain Thimble by Meissen 1” (3 cm.) ¾”. The porcelain thimble has incised beehive or lattice design that is interrupted by a narrow band of painted blue flowers near the crown, a painted starburst on the crown, and a painted silhouette scene in magenta around the entire base depicting ten persons in various activities along the seashore, with horse, sailing ships, birds and more accenting the scenes, and with gold painted interior. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1740. $4000/6500

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31. Outstanding Dutch Gilt Chatelaine with Rare Accessories and Design 11� (28 cm.) overall length. Having a thick gilt-metal belt loop with three front gilt plaques depicting various mythological scenes in baroque sculpting, with ornate links leading to the four hanging objects, which include scissors case with silver scissors, needle case, thimble case with silver thimble, and a little blank-page journal. Excellent condition. Probably Dutch, mid-18th century. $3500/4500

32. English 18th Century Enamel Bodkin Case with Painted Scenes 5� (13 cm.) The enameled brass cylindrical case, designed to be use for storage of bodkins, is decorated with painted scenes of ladies and gentleman in country settings, having exceptional detail of costume and pose, and with painted foliage on the two caps. Excellent condition, some enamel wear on one cap. English, late 18th century. $700/1000 32.

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33. French Sewing Table with Elaborate Ornamentation in the Boulle Style 24” (61 cm.) w. x 17” x 18”h. The wooden sewing table is lavishly decorated in the Boulle marquetry tradition with rich inlays of brass and exotic woods, with richly ornamented brass frames and having a hinged lid and opening drawer. The inside lid has a gilt brass framed mirror and there are numerous compartments and a sliding drawer for wool and thread rolls. Excellent

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condition. French, circa 1870, the 19th century style was a revival of the cabinetwork of Andre-Charles Boulle, (1642-1732) considered the pre-eminent craftsman in French marquetry design. $5000/7500

34. French Gilt and Mother-of-Pearl Dinner Bell with Winged Dove

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5 ½” (14 cm.) A white marble circular base supports an elaborate arrangement in ormolu and mother-of-pearl, with classic grape and marguerite decorations, and a trailing grape branch that reaches to the crown and upon which is perched a winged dove. When the branch is lifted and dropped, the hidden dinner bell rings with a lovely sound. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $500/800 34.

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35. Outstanding Viennese Wooden Sewing Box with 14 Oil Painted Scenes 18” (46 cm.) l. x 11”s. x 7”h. The wooden sewing case of finest woods is decorated on the exterior and interior with 14 different oil-painted scenes of Austria’s Lake Traun with the Traunstein Mountains in the distance, several scenes depicting the historic Castle Orth, and most of the scenes featuring persons in various boating, hiking, fishing, or contemplating moods. Each of the paintings is edged with pressed gilt paper or metal, and there are four ball-shaped

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36. Pair of 19th Century Wooden Sewing Clamps 7” (18 cm.) The wooden winding spools are arranged around the metal sewing clamps, designed to twirl. Excellent condition, few small wood flakes at edges from use. Probably English, mid-19th century. $300/500

37. Two Carved Wooden Thread Holders, One with Rare Stanhope Image 3” (8 cm.) l. largest. Each of intricately-carved wood in the shape of an egg that unscrews at the center for access to the hollow interior, 36. for storage of valuagle threads. The larger is decorated with a rare Stanhope image on the top with an image of Eglise du St. Sepulveda. Excellent condition. Probably English, late 19th century. $400/700

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39. French Wooden Sewing Accessories 7 ½” (19 cm.) h. cup and egg. Each of fine exotic woods with marquetry detail, including an egg holder on pedestal, holding a wooden sock-repair egg, and another wooden egg which twists open to reveal the wooden thread bobbin fitted inside. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $400/700

38. Fine Early 18thCentury German Carved Wooden Sewing Case with Intricate Carving 5 ½” (14 cm.) A double-sided basket with pedestal base, bail handle and two hinged lids is intricately carved with four different country scenes (one on each lid, two hidden on the underside), depicting men and women in tender scenes, with exceptional detail of costume, posing, and with surrounding trees and background. Excellent condition. 37.

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40. German Late18th Century Carved Wooden Sewing Case Depicting Woman 6” (15 cm.) An elaborately-carved wooden case is surmounted by a woman’s head, having curly hair, elaborate bonnet and well-defined facial features; the case unscrews at mid-level for access to the hollow interior with original red lacquer finish. Excellent condition and outstanding carving. Germany, late-18th century. $800/1100

41. German Early Carved Wooden Needle Case Depicting Young Boy with Cap

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3 ¼” (8 cm.) A carved wooden figure depicts a young boy with broad smiling expression, and having sculpted costume whose details of sculpting even include buttons and button holes and fitted cap over his bobbed hair; with head that unscrews for access to the hollow interior. Excellent condition. Germany, early 19th century. $400/600

42. English Wooden PIncushions in the Shape of A Lady’s Boots 5” (13 cm.) The pair of wooden heeled boots has defined leather tooling, laces with silk ribbons, and fitted green velvet pincushions at the top of each, outlined with silk ribbons. Excellent condition. English, Victorian era, mid-19th century. $700/900 41.

43. French Spanish Walnut Case as Pincushion with Miniature Thermometer 2” (5 cm.) The Spanish walnut is separated at the center and edged with cast brass frame, lined on one

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44. Fine English Sewing Clamp with Drawer, Pincushion, Dated 1856 9” (23 cm.) Of very fine woods with richly burled detail of graining, the sturdy all-wooden clamp has a pull-out drawer with dove-tailed construction and carved bone knob, and firmly-stuffed needlework pincushion. The front side of the clamp has marquetry inlays including floral design, initials, and the date 1856. Excellent condition, some wear to wool needlework. English, 1856. $700/900

45. English Victorian Leather Needle Case with Painted and Shell Designs 4” (10 cm.) x 3”. The firm-sided book-shaped needle case with red leather edging has front and back covers that are decorated with gold stencil and mother-of-pearl accents that center an oil-painted flower heightened with more mother-of-pearl accents. The case opens to red leather and green silk fitted interior with gold lettering for various size needles; five envelopes of needles are included. Excellent condition, some silk fraility on inside. English, circa 1865. $400/700

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46. English Cast Metal Pincushion as Lady’s Shoe 6” (15 cm.) The cast metal heeled shoe with upturned toe and elaborate detail of lacing and trim has original black finish and polished sole, and is fitted with original purple velvet pincushion with tiny silver pins. Excellent condition. English, circa 1850. $700/900

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47. Two Miniature Wooden Sewing Items with Oil Painted Woman 3” (8 cm.) case. Including a wooden needle case with inlay woods and having front and back hand-painted scenes of women in folklore costumes (one faintly lettered Geneve), and a wooden barrel-

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shaped spool with painted scene and green velvet pincushions on each side. Excellent condition. Probably Germany, mid19th century. $200/400

48. German Wooden Sewing Necessaire in the Shape of Miniature Desk 6” (15 cm.) w. 4”h. The maple wood desk with ebony black edging has single drawer that opens to fitted interior with a set of bone-handled sewing tools, 47.

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49. German Bisque Doll “Vivandiere” in United States Civil War Uniform 16” (41 cm.) Bisque shoulder head with blonde sculpted hair held by a black painted hair band, painted facial features, muslin body, bisque lower limbs, painted brown ankle boots and blue ribbons. The doll is wearing the uniform of the Vivandiere, comprising wool jacket, blue skirt with epaulets, US brass belt buckle, leather purse, drum (originally

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50. Viennese Sewing Case with Oil Painted Scene and Silver Sewing Tools 8” (20 cm.) x 6”. The wooden box has a borders of marquetry and inlay that surround an oilpainted scene in which a troubadour presents a treasure to the lady and gentleman standing behind him, with extensive details of architecture and furnishings. The box opens to a mirrored back with gold paper and braid framing, and a base lined with rose velvet fitted to accommodate the silver sewing tools contained, including a large needle case surmounted by a basket of fruit and having chatelaine attachment, silver scissors, needlecase, awl, bodkin, knife, and a bead-trimmed pin cushion, two mother-ofpearl winders, and a glass bottle. Excellent condition, the set is complete and original. Viennese, Beidermeier era, circa 1840. $1400/1900

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51. Beidermeier Era Sewing Necessaire with Oil Painting of Courting Pair 6” (15 cm.) x 4”. The wooden flat case has an oil-painting on the cover depicting a gentleman beseeching the hand of a fair maiden, the pair seated in a flower garden. The box opens to mirrored back with braid edging and a red velvet fitted base filled with original silver sewing tools including scissors with design of troubadour and mandolin, knife, awl, bodkin, needlecase and thimble with shield medallion. Excellent condition. Beidermeier era, probably Viennese, circa 1840. $900/1300 51 detail.

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52. Unique and Outstanding Viennese Biedermeier Era Sewing Box with 19 Miniature Watercolor Scenes

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9� (23 cm.) h. (excluding handle). 9� diam. A six-sided sewing cabinet of exotic wood with ebony borders and corner columns is decorated with 19 hand-painted watercolors, most of Vienna scenes, which are each mounted in blue ovals and edged with silver beading. The watercolors are delicately rendered and in soft pastel colors with touches of warm color. The case has silver ball feet and an elaborate silver handle and finials, and the top removes to reveal three levels of trays, demountable and retractable, each with elaborate compartments. The views include: Castle Weideneck on the Danube (on lid), fireworks in Prater Parkm coffee house in Prater Park, House of Moods, view of Danube, Spinnerin Am Kreuz, Lichenstein and its castle, Tabor Bridge, Lusthaus in Prater Park, Augarten in Vienna, Garden House in Luxembourg (outskirts of Vienna), Franzensburg Castle in Luxembourg, views of Vienna from Prater Park and from Erdberg, and others. The extraordinary sewing case is likely a special commission for luminary of the Biedermeier Era, one-of-a-kind, and is perfectly preserved. Vienna, circa 1820. $15,000/20,000

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53. Late 18th Century Viennese Sewing Box with Sewing Tool Inlays 14” (36 cm.) l. x 8”d. x 4”h. The sewing box of richly-grained exotic veneers has fancily-shaped top and rounded front and sides, with bone-edged key hole, and richly-designed with marquetry floral inlays, and inlay designs of scissors, thimble and needle case. The lid opens to blue velvet lined lid, and marbleized paper lining of three compartments, and with four flattened-ball feet. Excellent condition. Vienna, late 18th century, $1800/2500

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54. Two Silver Needle Cases as Man and Woman in Traditional Costumes

2” (5 cm.) The matching silver pair depict a hollow-bodied man and woman with well-defined traditional costumes, opening at the center for access to the interior. Excellent condition. French, circa 1800. $500/800

55. Dutch Silver Chatelaine with Scissors 23” (58 cm.) overall. 5” scissors. The chatelaine with attached hook has beaded edge that centers a medallion depicting 54.

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56. Pair of 19th Century Silver Sewing Clamp Winders with FauxJewel Accents 5” (13 cm.) The matched pair of silver clamps have unusual “jeweled” accents on the turning screw handles and brace, and spiral-twist winding rods that actually turn. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $900/1200

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57. German Silver Chatelaine Thread Holder with Two Birds on a Branch 4” (10 cm.) overall length. 4”w. Designed with belt loop and silver thread holder with eye and hook mount to allow easy movement of the thread, and having decorative bar with urn of flowers at each end and a pair of love birds. Excellent condition. Germany, early 19th century. $1100/1500

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9” (23 cm.) Heavy silver sewing clamp designed with figural sea monster posed upon a silver shell and having a curled tail that supports a silver bowl with red velvet cushion top. Excellent condition. English or Dutch, circa 1850. $1100/1500 57.

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59. English Brass Tape Measure in the Shape of a Poodle

handle at the side. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $300/400

2 ¼” (6 cm.) Cast brass dog with very full mane hides a cloth tape measure in his torso, measured in inches, which can be rewound when when the tail is turned. Excellent condition. English, circa 1890. $200/300

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60. English Brass Needle Case “The Drum” by Avery & Son

2” (5 cm.) The brass turtle hides a cloth centimeter tape measure in its body which can be rewound by turning its tail. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $300/500

1 ½” (4 cm.) A drum-shaped case with impressed and applied drum designs, has a hinged lid decorated with criss-crossed drum sticks, and is labeled “W. Avery & Son Redditch, #616” with registry marks. Excellent condition. English, late 19th century. $500/700

61. Miniature Gilded Tin Tape Measure in the Shape of a Sewing Machine 1 ½” (4 cm.) The gilt tinplate sewing machine hides a cloth centimeter tape measure below the table top; the tape can be rewound by turning the 60.

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63. French Early 19th Century Mother-of-Pearl Tape Measure 1” (3 cm.) Box-shaped with little ball feet and mother-of-pearl panels edged with gilt paper and having gilt lettering “Souvenir” and letter “K” along with accent designs, containing a silk tape measure with hand-inked numbers, and with handle at the top for re-winding. Excellent condition. French, early 19th century. $400/600

64. 19th Century Tape Measure in the Shape of a Water Mill 1 ½” (4 cm.) The two-story building with attached second-floor porch

and stairwell is adjoined to a water wheel which serves to re-wind the cloth centimenter tape measure that is hidden inside. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $400/600

65. 19th Century Gilt Metal Tape Measure as Coronation Coach 2 ½” (6 cm.) The gilt metal coach with movable spoked wheels, very fancy detailing including figural cherubs with horns at the back, hides a cloth centimenter tape measure. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $600/800

66. French Mother-of-Pearl Tape Measure in the Shape of a Barrel 1” (3 cm.) The barrel-shaped container with alternating bands of dark and light mother-of-pearl is held by brass bands and has a brass turning handle. A silk hand-lettered tape measure can be rewound by the brass handle. Excellent condition. French, circa 1830. $400/600

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67. Outstanding Viennese Lady’s Musical Work Table with Accessories and Secret Compartment 25” (64 cm.) x 19” x 33”h. Of finest woods with natural finish and inlaid with exotic fruitwoods in floral and garland designs, the work table is fashioned with elegant curves of the Biedermeier era. Its tops hinges open to a large beveled mirror on the inside lid, framed by intricate inlays and designed to allow the mirror to hinge forward easel style. The cabinet has an elaborately-arranged set of compartments and niches designed to accommodate sewing, toilette or letter-writing, while yet sipping tea and listening to music. The niches include two inkwells, pen holder, lidded boxes, an oval marble ring box with gold frame, a section with ten revolving tinted-bone bobbins, a fitted section with exquisitely decorated Bohemian glass goblet, and another section with fitted recess for porcelain cup and saucer with 1837 mark of the Klosterle porcelain firm, a velvet-covered section with recesses for original sewing accouterments which include scissors, needle case, thimble, bobbin and a uniquely-shaped glass perfume bottle with silver cap. Hidden under one lid is a very fine and completely original music box with Viennese movement, its reverse combs playing two tunes with beautiful sound. There is a secret “love letter” compartment under the sewing tools Excellent condition except a repair to the goblet. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1840. $15,000/19,000 67 detail.

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simple pin hinge opening. Very good condition, some missing pieces of bone trim on filigree. Attributed to St. Petersburg, 1828. $2000/3000

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3 ½” (9 cm.) Designed to appear as an urn with well-detailed carving of cherubs on one side, and having silk-covered pincushion at the top which unscrews for access to the carved bone thimble that is hidden inside. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century, $600/900

70. Two Elaborate French Carved Bone Sewing Tools

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68. Early 19th Century Carved Bone Sewing Box with 1828 Date

4 ½” (11 cm.) A rattle-shaped case with elaborate carving unscrews at one end for access to the thread spool inside, and unscrews at the needle-case handle. And hammer-shaped tool with velvet pincushions on

8 ½” (22 cm.) l. x 6”d. x 6”h. The early wooden box has elaborately-carved bone covering with various filigree and arch details, and painted accents, the date 1828 in carved letters at the front, and with red velvet pin cushion top. The interior has original green paper lining, and 69 detail.

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either side and the handle as needlecase. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $800/1100

71. French Carved Bone Pincushion with Fruit Bouquet 1 ½” (4 cm.) Of carved bone, the round plaques are attached by a padded silk center designed for use as a pincushion, and having an elaborate carving of fruit and leaves on the lid. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $400/600

72. Very Rare French Carved Bone Wax Case

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2 ½” (6 cm.) w. Of carved bone in the shape of a garden table with center lidded jar for holding of wax, and decorative legs, carving and an exotic bird as detail. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $900/1300

73. French Carved Bone Sewing Clamp with Pincushion and Needle Case

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7” (18 cm.) Of carved bone with elaborately-carved details, the tool includes table clamp with original bone screw, pincushion with red velvet cap, and two hidden compartments which access by un-screwing: thread case below the pincushion, and needle case in the center. Excellent condition. French, mid19th century $500/700

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74. 18th Century French Bone and Gold Etui with Friendship-Themed Miniature Paintings 3 ½” (9 cm.) The gold-framed bone etui has tiny silver studs around the edges, framed oval paintings of two different women posed in a nearly identical setting, and gold plaques inscribed “Souvenir” and “D’amitie”, indicate memories of friendship. The case opens to a silk lined and fitted interior with all original contents including brass-handed silver scissors, bone 74 detail. tablet, bone-tipped pencil, bone needle, and bone-framed knife. Excellent condition. French, late 18th century. $2500/3500

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76. English Beadwork Pin Cushion and Satchel 7” (18 cm.) l. satchel. The purple needlework satchel or purse is trimmed with grey, purple and white beading; along with purple velvet pin cushion with triple

75. Pair, English Miniature Gilt Needle Case Chairs by Avery & Son 4” (10 cm.) The fancy salon chairs of gilded metal have richly-carved detailing and daintily-curved legs, each with removable velvet seat (for use as pin cushion) which is removable for access to storage for needles below. Each has original stamp of W. Avery & Son of Reddith, model 617 with registry mark. Excellent condition. English, circa 1875. $900/1200 76.

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glass bead hanging loop and fringe, and mother-of-pearl accent. Excellent condition. English, early 19th century. $500/800

77. Outstanding French Palais Royal Sewing and Writing Box with Original Contents 10” (25 cm.) l. x 6”d. x 6”h. Elegantly-shaped as a treasure box with simulated coromandel wood finish, ebony edging, gold ball feet, mother-of-pearl escutcheon, and bronze decorative mounts and handle, the box opens to mirrored back with braid edging, and a base that is fitted in rose silk and pale green velvet, including a sewing tool compartment with hidden area below containing six mother-of-pearl sewing tools and a glass bottle, and with two green velvet pin cushions with bead decorations, silver cap perfume bottle and four silver-cap inkwells and two silver funnels, along with original key. Excellent condition. French, Palais Royal, circa 1810. $4500/6500

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78. Early-19th Century Beadwork Bag with Swan and Musical Theme and Swan Handles

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9” (23 cm.) l. 6”w. of frame. Of tiny beadwork, the purse features a design which incorporates swans, musical harp, and colorful flowers, and is lined with fine homespun that is hand-stitched to the elaborate silver frame of bands of prismatic studs that center a flower-like medallion and is held to the beaded handle by two figural swans. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $900/1300

79. Mid-19th Century Needlework Woven Bag with Swan Handle 6” (15 cm.) l. 5” width of frame. The silk-lined needlework purse has interwoven designs of sampler-like roses and borders, and is closed by an elaborate heavy silver frame with studded floral pattern, and with link handle that is attached to the purse with silver swans. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $400/600

80. Two Mid-19th Century Notebooks with Beadwork Covers 5” (13 cm.) x 3 ½” larger. The leather bound notebooks are decorated on both front and back with beadwork floral designs in shades of brown and blue with gilt accents, and having gold tooling on the leather and silk-lined interior. Very good condition. English, mid-19th century. $3000/500

81. Mid-19th Century Beaded Bag with Elaborate Silver Frame 9” (23 cm.) l. 7”w. of frame. A garland of white, yellow, red and roses 79.

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along with leaves and rose buds is centered on the cream background of the beaded bag, with yellow border, and closes with an elaborate silver frame and link handle. Excellent condition except loss to beaded fringe at bottom edge. Mid-19th century. $900/1300

82. Early 19th Century Beadwork Purse with Country Home and Deer 9” (23 cm.) h. 7”l. Of intricate and colorful beadwork, the purse depicts a country home with shutters and front steps in a garden setting with a variety of trees that are fronted by four deer, with geometric border below, and having a very heavy silver frame with incised decorations of birds, along with a ring handle for attachment to belt. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $800/1100

83. Early 19th-Century Purse with Cherub Silver Clasp 7” (18 cm.) l. 5” silver clasp. An intricately-stitched bag of gold metallic threads, paillettes, and tiny pearl beads on the front side, and silk on the reverse is silk lined and supported by a heavy silver frame which incorporates winged cherubs, scrolls and flowers in its design, and with heavy chain handle. Excellent condition except some fraility to silk on reverse side. Early 1800s. $800/1200

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84. 18th Century Porcelain Doublesided Needle Case with Four HandPainted Pastoral Scenes 6” (15 cm.) Of fine rose-tinted porcelain with white beading 84 detail. over brass tubular frame which opens at either side, the case is decorated with four hand-painted landscape scenes of the countryside, including castle scene, encircled by gold flourish. Excellent condition. English, late 18th century. $1100/1600

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85. German Porcelain Needle Case as Swaddling Baby 3 ½” (9 cm.) In the shape of a swaddling baby, the hollow porcelain case has excellent details of facial modeling and costume, including white baby bonnet and gown with pink wrap that extends into support 85 detail. board at the back and is decorated with blue bows, and with silver cap for access to the hollow interior, Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $600/900 85.

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86. French Porcelain Needle Case in Shape of Lady’s Leg 3 ¼” (8 cm.) A porcelain needle case designed as a lady’s shapely leg has a pale lavender stocking with painted decorations, and a lavishly decorated porcelain heeled shoe, with silver cap having inscribed floral design. Excellent condition. French, circa 1780, the model was known as “jambes de puce” or “flohbein” in reference to the tiny flea design that is incorporated into the painting. $1100/1500

87. Two French Carved Bone Needlecases in Figural Design 3 ½” (9 cm.) Each of carved bone with access to the hollow interior for storage of needles, including a key and a parasol, each with excellent detail of carving. Excellent condition. French, late 19th century. $300/500


88. German Porcelain Etui in the Shape of a Swaddling Baby, Attributed to Meissen

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5� (13 cm.) The porcelain swaddling baby has wellexecuted facial features and a sculpted baby bonnet that is decorated with colorful plumes and ribbons, with wrapped swaddling blanket with painted decorations to suggest embroidery and ribbons, and having gilt silver mounts that hinge open to the hollow interior designed for storage of sewing tools, Excellent condition. Germany, attributed to Meisson, late 18th century. $1100/1500

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89. German Porcelain Needle Case with AllAround Painted Scenes by Meissen 5 ½� (14 cm.) Of fine porcelain with brass inner tubing, the large case is decorated with all-around scenes of the harborside, and includes numerous people, animals, buildings and activities in the scene.

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The scenes are enclosed in a gold flourish and there is a painted pink design at top and bottom, gold-frame at the opening, and painted floral designs on each cap. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1830. $1500/2000 88.

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90. Viennese Sewing Box in the Shape of a Sofa with Original Johann Nadler Shop Label 11� (28 cm.) Of wood and heavy card stock, the sewing box is in the shape of a Biedermeier-era sofa with heavy form and rolled arms, and is decorated with silk cover, embossed gilt papers, mirrors, and embroidered velvet with floral, leaf, and wreath designs on the arms and seat, and with ship design with waving flat at the back panel. The seat slides forward for access to the box beneath. Original paper label on the underside indicates the shop of Johann Nadler, and there is a fabric folio at the backside holding a French letter dated 1849. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1840. $1500/2000

91. German Wooden Barrel-Shaped Thread Holder

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4� (10 cm.) A wooden container in the shape of a barrel is decorated with a band of linen that is embroidered with trailing vines and flowers, and has gold edging and painted gold stripes and flowers, The barrel unscrews at one end for placement of thread and has a small hole at other end for the thread to be released. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $300/500

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92. French Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box with Gargoyle Needle Case 7” (18 cm.) l. by 5”d. x 3 ½”h. The wooden sewing box with overall mother-of-pearl veneer in elaborate design that is enhanced by inked incised scrolls, and featuring a six-panel angled top with center medallion, has a key and keyhole, and opens to a mirrored back with rose cord edging and a fitted velvet tray for the mother-of-pearl sewing tools that are laid within, comprising scissors with pot of flowers design on handle and gold thimble design attachment to the blades, needle case in the shape of a parasol with gargoyle hand grip, knife, stiletto with fleuer-de-lis handle and thimble-shaped gold accent, winder, thimble, and bodkins. Beneath the tray of tools is a storage compartment. Excellent condition. French, Palais Royal, circa 1810. $6000/8000

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93. German Sewing Case with Oil-Painted Scene and Gold Sewing Tools

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5� (13 cm.) x 3�. The wooden box has gilt-tooled leather cover that centers an oil painting depicting three men at shipwrecked island, one with binoculars watching the hopeful arrival of another ship and the other two seated forlornly; the box opens to a mirrored back and neatly-fitted velvet lining containing gold sewing tools, including scissors with silver blades, gold thimble with two-color gold border, needle case, stiletto, mother-of-pearl knife, and more. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1860. $1200/1600

94. French Ormolu and Mother-of-Pearl Chatelaine with Rare Accessories 10� (25 cm.) Of gilt brass, ormolu and mother-of-pearl and having gold bead, ferny leaf, and scroll designs, the chatelaine with belt loop for attachment, has an acorn-shaped jar which contains a tiny bone-handled perfume bottle in its fitted interior, and a mother-of-pearl ormolu-framed miniature book with tiny color engravings including a girl playing with a doll, along with two dangling ruby-color stones. Excellent condition, book has some pencil notations. French, circa 1850. $1200/1800 94.

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95. Very Fine French Enameled Necessaire with Chinoiserie Designs and Gold Sewing Tools 3� (8 cm.) The heavy necessaire has rich emerald green enamel finish that is decorated with handpainted gold Chinoiserie designs including castle

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scenes with waving flags, and has richly-sculpted gold ormolu frame. The case opens from a button at the front to a rose velvet-lined and fitted interior containing goldhandled folding scissors with silver blades, gold needle holder and a petite gold thimble with alternating vertical bands of plain, geometric and floral designs. Excellent condition. French, circa 1860, of very luxury quality. $4000/6500

96. Fine French Tortoiseshell Sewing Case with Extensive Original Sewing Tools 5� (13 cm.) The oval-shaped very dark tortoise-shell case is constructed with infinite detail including inscribed details on the inside clasps and hinges, and fitted shapes on both base and lid for the extensive original sewing tools, each of which is decorated with matching tiny design. Seven matching sewing tools are included. Excellent condition. French, circa 1840. $3000/4000

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97. Early 19th Century Viennese Carved Bone Bodkin Case 5 ½” (14 cm.) The tubular shaped case with rounded tips is elaborately-carved with fretwork designs, and unscrews for access to the hollow interior designed for storage of bodkin and other sewing tools. Excellent condition. Vienna, early 19th century. $900/1300

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98. Three French Carved Bone Parasols as Needle Cases

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4 ½” (11 cm.) Each is of carved bone with hollow interior, with variations of style and hand grips which unscrew for access to the needles; each originally with Stanhope image at the hand grip (now lacking). Excellent condition. French, circa 1875. $500/700

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99. Two French Carved Bone Sewing Tools 3 ½” (9 cm.) Of carved bone with rich details enhanced by tinted colors, including a carved bellows with silk padding that serves as pincushion, and a very elaborate needle case resembling a sceptre whose top unscrews for access to hollow interior. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $400/600

100. Two French Carved Bone Tape Measures 1 ½” (4 cm.) -2”. Of darkened carved bone with rich detail, and each having original ink-lettered silk tape ribbon, with carved bone post at the top that revolve to rewind the tapes. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $300/500 100.

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interior. Excellent condition. French, for the German market, circa 1880. $300/500

102. French Carved Bone Needle Case with Decoration of Soldier in Uniform 5” (13 cm.) Of carved bone with elaborate detailing on the case, and having a surmounted figure of a soldier in uniform with helmet and sword, and well-defined hair and goatee. The top unscrews for access to needle storage interior. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $400/600

103. French Carved Bone Sewing Clamp with Hidden Thimble and Pincushion 7 ½” (19 cm.) The carved bone sewing tool features a screw-clamp at one end, and a silk-covered pincushion at the other which unscrews for access to the hidden compartment which contains a carved bone thimble; the complete tool is elaborately carved and with painted decorations. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $700/1100

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101. French Carved Bone Parasol as Needle Case with Stanhope Image 4 ½” (11 cm.) Carved bone parasol with fancy handle grip has a hidden Stanhope image depicting mountain scene, and unscrews for access to the hollow needle

9” (23 cm.) Exquisitely-shaped curved slats form the sides of the wooden basket, with wooden frame having beaded detail, and wooden slat top. The basket is lined with rose silk lining which shows through the slats, and the basket has a delicate bentwood handle and carved bone knobs. Excellent condition. Viennese, early Beidermeier era, circa 1810. $800/1100 103.

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105. Large German Wooden Sewing Box with Elaborate Inlays and Compartments

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23” (58 cm.) x 13”d. x 16”h. A grand and elaborately-constructed sewing chest of exotic woods inlaid with other fine wood in floral and geometric designs on virtually every section and lid, has ebony trim. The lid hinges open to reveal beveled mirror on the inside lid, and three levels of trays on the interior, the upper tray with an elaborate arrangement of small boxes and niches, each with carved bone knob, and with secret compartment. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1870. $3500/4500

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accessories such as thimbles. Excellent condition. Probably English, mid-19th century. $1100/1600

107. French Gilt Metal Chanticleer with Pincushion 5” (13 cm.) l. Perched upon a wooden base with velvet cover and gilt metal mounts is a metal rooster with painted feathers, leaves held in his beak, and more leaves scattered on the ground, along with an ormoluframed tiny egg-shaped pincushion. Very good condition, velvet is faded. French, late 19th century. $400/600

108. French Sewing Necessaire in Spanish Walnut Fitted Case 106. Elaborate and Whimsical Wooden and Bone Gazebo as Sewing Case 16” (41 cm.) Designed to appear as a garden gazebo, of fine woods with natural and ebony finish, and having domed roof and cupola, the sewing case has bone pillars which are actually thread winders, attached pincushion to the tower wall, hollow tower which accesses by unscrewing the domed top, and a cupola which unscrews for access to another hidden compartment which holds a carved bone darning egg. There is a bone finial at the very peak and graduated shelved base for placement of other

1 ½” (4 cm.) The Spanish walnut is designed to hinge open at the center and is lined with rose silk on the inside lid and fitted gold frame on the lower section with sections designed for the tiny scissors, stiletto, thimble, needle and needle case that are contained within. Excellent condition except the hinge is detached. French, 1870. $500/700

109. English Miniature Leather Album as Needle Case 2” (5 cm.) A hard-bound leather album with gold tooled cover design of rampart lions has a brass clasp and opens to bound folios each of which contains a packet of needles. Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $500/800

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110. Early Glass Darning Mushroom with Rare Polychrome Decorations 6” (15 cm.) The mushroom-shaped glass darning tool has polychrome decorations under the glass. Excellent condition. Early Biedermeier era, circa 1820. $400/600

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4 ½” (11 cm.) A copper hand is posed holding a glass marble with spiralthreading, and has a copper hook at the end of the handle, designed as a button hook or for shoe lacing. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century, probably English. $400/500

112. Mid-19th Century Straw-Work Needle Case and Thimble Case 2” (5 cm.) Of woven-straw work to simulate inlay wood, including double thimble case in the shape of a domed treasure chest, and needle case. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $200/400

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113. Imaginative French Alabaster Sewing Box with Gilt Peacock Decoration 6” (15 cm.) An elaboratelycarved alabaster sewing box with leaf-shaped feet is decorated with ormolu corners and trim; posed in the center of the lid is a gilt metal peacock with painted detail of feathers that lift for access to the thimble case (thimble not included), and at the peacock’s feet are gilt metal leaves with porcelain flowers and one ormolu framed velvet pincushion. Excellent condition excepting some small alabaster repairs, French, circa 1850. $600/900

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114. Viennese Pincushion with Mother-of-Pearl Decorations 5” (13 cm.) Having heavy marble frame which is overlaid by mother-of-pearl panels, a narrow opening drawer at the front for storage of sewing tools, and a large velvet pincushion with gilt paper edging and painted metal cherries and leaves as ornamentation, Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1840. $400/600

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117. Early 1800s English Work Box with Rich Chinoiserie Decorations and Sewing Tools 9 ½” (24 cm.) x 7” x 6”. The shapely wooden box with beveled edge lid has pressed brass claw feet and ornate carrying handles, and has original painted Chinoiserie finish with ochre ground and richly designed Chinese scenes and symbols in shades of gold, red, green and brown, and with

115. Diminutive German Porcelain Needle Case in the Shape of Chinese Man by Meissen 2 ¼” (6 cm.) The porcelain needle case in the shape of a standing Chinese man with painted moustache is wearing a purple cap and tunic with brilliant purple flowers, with gold hinged cap having incised decorations. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1750. $2200/2800 114.

116. French Tortoise Shell Needle Case with Mother-of-Pearl Inlay 2 ¼” (6 cm.) In the design of a knife box with angled lid, the needle case, of tortoise shell over bone has elaborate inlay mother-ofpearl floral design, and hinges open to graduated height compartments within. Excellent condition. French, mid-1800s. $400/500 116.

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some raised designs especially of figures. The box opens to a well-fitted interior with pink lining, a back flap with a further illustration that is designed to hold papers, and a compartmented base that contains various sewing tools including ten bone tools (one a tape measure), glass pearl pins in pincushion and a set of gold tools in fitted recesses including scissors, thimble, needle case and stiletto. The tool tray lifts out for access to hidden compartment below. Excellent condition. For the English market, early 1800s. $2300/3500 117 closed.

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118. German Porcelain Etui in Shape of Asparagus with Painted Detail 5 ½” (14 cm.) The cylindrical-shaped etui is painted in the shape of an asparagus spear, in rich colors of purple, mauve and green, and is accented with one painted bug. With silver hinged cap for access to hollow interior. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $700/900

119. German Porcelain Needle Case as Swaddling Baby with Purple Ribbons

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3 ¾” (9 cm.) Porcelain needle case in the shade of a little bonneted baby wrapped in swaddling clothes that are decorated with 119 detail. bright purple ribbon bands and bows, with gold-edged cap of green marble. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $800/1100

120. German Porcelain Needle Case as Swaddling Baby 3 ¼” (8 cm.) A porcelain needle case in the shape of a baby in swaddling costume, having pink sculpted bonnet, high-back pink head support and wrapped in blue blanket with generous green ribbons and bows, with hinged silver-frame cap. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $700/900

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121. German Porcelain Needle Case As Lady’s Shapely Leg by Meissen 2 ½” (6 cm.) The porcelain needle case designed as a lady’s shapely leg with heeled shoes, having painted thigh-high stockings 118 detail.

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with gilt-edged blue garter and painted pink shoes with turquoise heels and blue buckle trim, and having gold cap which hinges open to hollow interior. Germany, Meissen, circa 1750. $1200/1600

122. German Porcelain Swaddling Baby as Needle Case 3 ¼” (8 cm.) Porcelain needle case in the shape of a swaddling baby with painted green bonnet, completely enclosed in hooded wrap that is decorated with dainty flowers, blue brooch, and pink ribbons and having gilt-framed hinged cap. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $500/800

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3” (8 cm.) The porcelain needle case is designed in the shape of swaddling baby with beautifully-painted face, fancily-painted bonnet and vibrantly-painted swaddling wrap decorated with an emerald-like brooch; the case opens at the base at the gilt-fitted rim. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $500/800 122.

124. Very Rare and Fine German Kloster Veilsdorf Etui with Elegant Lady Figure 5 ½” (14 cm.) Of fine porcelain the cylindrical needle case is topped by a sculpted figure of elegant woman with highly-refined painting of features, having sculpted hair and hair ornaments, along with a long shawl that wraps around the back of her head in a graceful manner, and with other hand-painted details including woman frolicking in the garden, and various 124. dainty flowers and a bug; there is a painted flower at the bottom cap. The case separates at the center with gold fittings having incised decorations. Excellent condition. Germany, Kloster Veilsdorf, circa 1765. $3500/4500

125. German 18th Century Porcelain Etui with Wildflower Design by Meissen 4 ½” (11 cm.) The tubular-shaped porcelain etui, designed to hold needles, stiletto, bodkins and other slender sewing tools has raised designs, and is decorated with exquisite dainty wildflowers in vibrant colors, including designs at both caps. The gold fittings at the center separate for access to the hollow interior. Germany, Meissen, circa 1770. $1800/2700

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126. Very Fine 19th Century Sewing Box of Gold Sewing Tools for the Dutch Market 6” (15 cm.) x 4”. Laid within a blue velvet case with blue velvet and ivory silk fitted interior is a fine set of gold sewing tools, including scissors, thimble, needle case, stiletto, bodkin, and two winders. With original label “J.A.A. Gerritsen, Hofjuwelier, Amsterdam” with crown symbol. Excellent condition. For the Dutch market, circa 1890. $1200/1700

127. French Mother-of-Pearl Toilette Set with Perfume Flasks 7” (18 cm.) overall. Five mother-of-pearl half-shells are enclosed in brass frames and arranged around a center post with circular rings designed to hold the perfume flakes of blue and clear glass with brass caps. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875. $400/600

128. French Mother-of-Pearl Egg with Hidden Perfume Bottles

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6” (15 cm.) Arranged upon a white marble base is a brass pillar-centered mother-of-pearl egg with brass frame. Inside the egg, attached to the pillar, are two small crystal perfume bottles with brass caps. The egg opens by lifting the knob on the central pillar. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875. $500/700

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129. Exquisite French Sewing Box with Music Box and Gold Sewing Tools 10” (25 cm.) x 7” x 5”. An ebony wooden box is lavishly decorated both inside and out; the exterior with embossed brass straps accented with brass medallions, opalescent buttons and brass beads, and the interior with mirrored back edged with ruffled ribbons and lace, and fitted interior in various shades of blue with gilt edging, and having blue silk pin cushion, and velvet cushion which displays exquisite gold scissors, stiletto, needle case, and copper thimble, and needle; along with two separate compartments housing crystal bottles with prismatic stoppers. Hidden below is a music box. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $2200/2800 129 closed.

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tea or viewing the gardens are included in the tiny scene. The box opens to a mirrored back with magenta cord edging and a velvet base fitted to accommodate the mother-of-pearl sewing tools within, comprising scissors with silver blades, folding knife, needle case, winder, thimble with gold emblem of flower, and two additional tools. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1830. The artist Balthasar Wigand (17701846) lived his entire life in Vienna, studying at the famed Vienna Academy. The miniature watercolor and gouache scenes of Vienna are highly sought, notable for exquisite detail of people, horses and even architectural features. Additionally, he organized his own atelier which used these miniature paintings in the creation of decorative objects such as paperweights and sewing boxes such as this example. $3500/4500

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130. Viennese Sewing Box with Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Tools and Balthasar Wigand Miniature Painting 5” (13 cm.) x 3”. The dainty sewing box with mother-of-pearl veneers accented by gilt frame and borders that center a miniature Balthasar Wigand watercolor painting under beveled glass depicting the famed Tivoli Gardens of the Schonbrunn Palace in Vienna; 22 persons enjoying

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6 ½” (17 cm.) Arranged upon a small cabinet with mother-of-pearl veneers, glass pearl ball feet, and single drawer with gilt knob is a gilt-framed pincushion with gold velvet cover, in front of a pedestal surmounted by a mother-of-pearl peacock with handpainted features, four ring-holders, and an oval miniature watercolor of Weiburg in Baden with castle, tower, bridge, people in horse drawn carriage and other people walking. 131. Excellent condition, few paint rubs on painting. Vienna, circa 1820, the painting by Balthasar Wigand, and the luxury accessory likely from the Wigand atelier. $1800/2500


132. Viennese Sewing Box with Gold Sewing Tools and Balthasar Wigand Miniature Painting 5” (13 cm.) x 3”. The petite sewing box has motherof-pearl veneers accented by gilt frame and borders centering a miniature Balthasar Wigand watercolor painting under beveled glass depicting a lively detailed scene in Vienna, with the historic Karl Church in the background surrounded by numerous other buildings, and a busy street scene with nearly 30 persons strolling the boulevard or riding in various horse and carriages. The box opens to a mirrored back with tri-color cord edging and a velvet base fitted to accommodate the original gold sewing tools within, comprising scissors with silver blades, needle case, winder, thimble, and stiletto. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1830, with miniature watercolor by Balthasar Wigand, and the box likely created in his own atelier. The watercolor is notable for its well-peopled scene with minute details of costume and activity. $3500/4500

133. Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Necessaire with Balthasar Wigand Miniature Painting 5 ½” (14 cm.) w. Arranged upon the mother-of-pearl base with single drawer having elaborate gilt knob 132.

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and matching gilt feet, is a burgundy velvet covered pincushion with gilt frame, and a back panel with a watercolor painting by Balthasar Wigand depicting the Weiburg Palace in Baden with a village scene in the foreground along with a bridge, river, and road with teams of horses and carriages, and many people. The painting is flanked by two gilded curved arms that support mother-of-pearl thimble plates, and a hidden panel at the back has recesses for sewing tools, of which the original mother-of-pearl scissors is included. Excellent condition, few paint rubs on scene. Vienna, circa 1830. $2200/2800 133.

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134. Viennese Box with Balthasar Wigand Miniature Painting Depicting Spinnerin Am Kreuz Tower

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7” (18 cm.) x 4”. The sewing or jewelry box has mother-of-pearl veneers accented by gilt frame and borders centering a miniature Balthasar Wigand watercolor painting under glass depicting Vienna’s Spinnerin Am Kreuz legendary 15th-century tower in the foreground, with scenes of Vienna in the background, and many people and horses traveling the roads or gazing at the tower. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1830, with miniature watercolor by Balthasar Wigand; the box was likely created in his own atelier to commemorate the Spinnerin legend which goes as follows. During the 15th century a certain wife sat at the tower spot for many years, working her spinning wheel, and watching and awaiting for her husband’s safe return from war. Others had advised her to forget him and marry again but she refused and continued to spin. Finally, much later, he did return, the couple were reunited, and the spinning wheel tower was built to commemorate this happy reunion. $3500/4500

135. Viennese Mother-of-Pearl and Silver Work Box with Two Balthasar Wigand Watercolors 10” (25 cm.) x 3”. The long box with unusual tapered sides is covered with fine mother-of-pearl 134 lid.

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veneers and decorated with silver borders and appliques, including two oval silver frames that enclose watercolor scenes of Vienna painted by Viennese artist Balthasar Wigand (1770-1846). The box is maroon paper lined on the interior, and was likely created in the Wigand atelier wherein he designed decorative objects and boxes that could feature his miniature paintings. Excellent condition, some light fading of scenes. Vienna, circa 1840. $2500/3500

136. French Mother-of-Pearl Needle Case, Possibly Palais Royal 3” (8 cm.) The folio-shaped case has delicate incised decorations including flower-filled urn on its exterior, with little silver clasp, and opens to silk-lined interior needle case with two packages of tiny German needles. Excellent condition. French, early 1800s, possibly Palais Royal. $400/600 137 detail.

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137. Late-18th Century French Mother-of-Pearl Necessaire with Silver Mounts and Original Tools 4” (10 cm.) Finely-crafted of mother-of-pearl and silver, the case opens to an elaboratelyfitted set of accessories which include unusual scissors, mother-of-pearl penknife, pincers, needle cast, stiletto and even a silver spoon. Excellent condition. French, late 18th century, $2200/2800

138. Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Pincushion and Ring Holder with Miniature Painting by Balthasar Wigand 4” (10 cm.) Posed upon the mother-of-pearl base with pearl glass ball feet is a gilt-wrapped velvet pincush below a fancy mother-of-pearl wall with ring holders and a highly-detailed watercolor scene of of the Weiburg Palace in Baden with many people in the foreground, painted by Balthasar Wigand, the Viennese artist noted for his miniature paintings. Excellent condition with few paint rubs on the scene. Vienna, circa 1825. $1200/1600 138.

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139. Fine French Musical Sewing Necessaire in the Shape of Grand Piano with Original Sewing Tools 11” (28 cm.) x 7” x 6”. The rosewood-veneer sewing necessaire in the shape of a grand piano with inlay bone faux keys on the lid, has shapely legs, mother-of-pearl key escutcheon with working key and hinges open to reveal a mirror back with bi-color velour cord framing, and a luxuriously-fitted purple velvet interior containing original sewing tools, comprising silver scissors, stiletto, needlecase, thimble, needle, four mother-of-pearl winders, glass bottle, and needlecase, and pincers and an embroidered velvet panel. Hidden beneath is a fine two-tune music box with 14 sections, 5 teeth per section, and manual change, having gorgeous sound. Excellent condition. music functions well. French, circa 1825. $4000/5000 139 detail.

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140. Mid-19th Century English Sewing Cabinet with Hand-Painted and Mother-ofPearl Inlays 10” (25 cm.) h. x 9”d. x 8”w. The wooden box-shaped case rests upon a splayed-leg base which is decorated with rich gilt stenciled designs, and has a beveled-edge lid with mother-of-pearl inlay border and scroll-cut edging. The lid hinges open to a purple silk fitted interior, and the two front door panels open at the center to access three drawers with bone knobs. The cabinet is richly decorated with hand-painted colorful Victorian flowers and gilt borders, with mother-of-pearl inlay, and the cabinet contains various tools including eight different scissors thimbles, pincushion and such. The cabinet is excellent. English, mid-19th century. $2500/3500

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silver thimble with beautiful filigree designs all around is slightlyelongated and has a steel top. Excellent condition. Circa 1790. $300/500

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141. Late-18th Century Viennese Thimble Holder with Imperial Coat of Arms, and Thimble

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1 ½” (4 cm.) The egg-shaped pewter thimble holder is marked with the double-headed eagle with crown sceptre and sword in claws being the Imperial coat of arms of the Austrian Empire. The holder unscrews at the center to reveal the silver thimble with extended steel cap. Excellent condition excepting few small dents in holder. Austria, circa 1790. $800/1100

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144. A Trio of 19th Century Gold Thimbles 1” (3 cm.) Each beautifully-preserved, one with inscribed design on border, and another with script monogram A.F. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $800/1200

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142. Mid-18th Century German Silver Sewing Implement with Four Tools 3 ½” (9 cm.) Of fine silver with intricatelyinscribed designs, and appearing as one-piece, the tool unscrews to form four separate objects: thimble, wax holder, needle case and bobbin. Excellent condition. Germany, mid-18th century. $1200/1600

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145. French Enamel Thread Holder and Thimble 2” (5 cm.) The brass-cased tube with enamel 145 detail. finish designed to appear as motherof-pear and decorated with garlands of roses unscrews to present a thread spool on one end, while the smaller end is a thimble, its tip decorated with faceted amber. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $800/1200


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1” (3 cm.) Including silver thimble with hallmarks having turquoise cabouchoncut tip, silver thimble with quartz-like cabouchon-cut tip, and gold thimble with dark cabouchon-cut tip. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $400/600

147. Two Mid19th Century Silver Thimbles with Decorative Bands

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reveal a carved bone thimble. Excellent condition. Mid19th century. $700/900

1” (3 cm.) Including silver thimble with enamel band having hand-painted roses, and silver thimble with gold interior and gold band decorated with tiny corals.

Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $600/900

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148. 19th Century Silver Thimble in Hat-Box Shaped Box

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1 ½” (4 cm.) h. box. The firm-sided box, in the shape of a gentleman’s tall hat box, has leather finish, black edging and handle, and opens to fitted interior containing a silver thimble. Excellent condition. Circa 1870. $400/500

149. French Carved Bone Egg with Hidden Bone Thimble 1 ½” (4 cm.) l,. case. Carved in the shape of an egg, with brass hinge and clasp, the bone case opens to

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150. 19th Century Silver Sewing Egg with Hidden Sewing Tools 2” (5 cm.) A hollow 150 open. silver egg with elaborate raised designs hinges open to reveal a center pole with silver thread bobbin and a silver thimble. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $600/900


151. Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box with Miniature Painting by Balthasar Wigand and Original Sewing Tools

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5� (13 cm.) x 3�. With mother-of-pearl veneers in elegant pattern and having gilt framing, escutcheon and borders that enclose a glass-covered watercolor depicting the promenade walk at the old ramparts at Burg Bastey in Vienna featuring the awning-front building, and a wide tree-lined promenade in which more than 16 men and women in fashionable attire are parading. The case opens to a mirrored back with blue edging, and a dark blue velvet fitted lining containing original mother-of-pearl sewing tools comprising scissors, folding knife, unusually-shaped stiletto, winder, rare folding ruler, and silver thimble. Excellent condition, a rare view with fine color and detail. Vienna, circa 1820, with painting by Balthasar Wigand, and the box likely from his own workshops. $1800/2300

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152. Outstanding Viennese Sewing Box with Original Bone Tools and Miniature Painting by Balthasar Wigand 9� (23 cm.) closed. A uniquely-shaped sewing box with rich curly-maple frame opens at the center medallion to form a trapezoidal shape, and is filled with more than 25 carved bone sewing tools arranged in original velvet fitted niches. some with silver accents. The outer case is decorated with filigree silver that frames a round miniature watercolor by Balthasar Wigand depicting Prater Park in Vienna with a view of Stephan’s Cathedral in the background, and persons strolling or riding in open-top horse drawn carriage in the foreground. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1810, the case is rare for its style, its miniature painting, and its opulent set of original bone sewing tools. $5000/7000 152 detail.

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153. 18th-Century French Etui with Porcelain Scenes and Original Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Tools 3 ¾” (9 cm.) A firm-sided case with tinted green lizard-skin cover, gold frame and gold frames surrounding the four various hand-painted porcelain scenes depicting putti, with purple background and shaded grey colors. The etui hinges open to elaborately-fitted contents which comprise gold and mother-of-pearl sewing tools. Excellent condition. French, circa 1750. $2800/3600

154. French Wooden Needle/Perfume Case with Oil-Painted Scenes and Tortoise Lining 6” (15 cm.) The cigar-shaped wooden case has Vernis Martin finish with oil-painted scenes of 18th century men and women against a green background, and having two rungs of silver mounts which, when opened, reveal tortoise lining, and offering a glass perfume bottle at one end and a storage section for needles or other small sewing tools at the other. Excellent condition, fine luxury quality. French, circa 1780. $800/1100

155. French Wooden Needle Case with Oil-Painted Animal Scenes and Tortoise Lining 4” (10 cm.) The cigar-shaped wooden case has Vernis Martin finish with oil-painted scenes of hunting dogs and game in country setting, against a sienna background, and having gold mounts which, when opened, reveal tortoise shell lining, designed for storage of needles or other small sewing tools. Excellent condition, fine luxury quality. French, circa 1780. $700/900 153 closed.

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156. German Porcelain Sewing Necessaire with Gold Tools in the Shape of an Egg 3 ½” (9 cm.) The porcelain egg with silver mounts has six painted scenes in the Watteau style depicting ladies at rest, and romantic couples in pastoral settings, against a gilt accented burgundy ground. The egg hinges open to a gold lined interior and a complete set of gold sewing tools and accessories, even including tiny spoon, and rests upon an original silver frame. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1875. $3500/5000 156 detail.

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157. French Wooden Bodkin Case with Oil-Painted Scenes, Tortoise Lining, and Built-In SpyGlass 157 detail.

5 ½” (14 cm.) The cigar-shaped wooden case has Vernis Martin finish with wonderful oil-painted scenes of 18th century children at play against a sienna background, and having silver mounts which, when opened, reveal tortoise lining, for storage of bodkins. A built-in spyglass enlarges or diminishes objects when viewed from one end or the other. Excellent condition, very fine detail of painting with rare spyglass inclusion. French, circa 1780. $900/1300

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158. Viennese Silver Filigree Handled Sewing Basket with Maker’s Stamp 6” (15 cm.) The ten-panel silver filigree basket with very elaborate design and looped borders has a bail handle and four filigree ball feet. The underside bears maker’s stamp. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1770. $700/900

159. Late 18th Century Viennese Silver Filigree Silk Thread Basket with Attached Bangle 8” (20 cm.) l. A silver bangle bracelet is attached to a silver filigree ball which hinges open for placement of silk thread, and was designed to keep threads or wools untangled when tatting, knitting or crocheting. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1790. $700/900

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160. Viennese Silver Pincushion Holder in the Shape of Foot Stool 4” (10 cm.) The deep-relief surface, featuring a rich open-work floral design has rounded corners, beaded framework, and rests upon silver claw feet. The pincushion is attached to the underside. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1825. $600/800 159.

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161. Early 1800s Sewing Case with Silver Tools and Portrait of Napoleon on Lid

star centered by a ruby stone, and hinges open to wellfitted interior, including a fold-out pin holder with milk glass pearl heads, a small gilt-framed mirror, powder box and powder puff, and a small perfume bottle. Excellent condition. French, circa 1810. $1200/1600

6” (15 cm.) x 4”. The leather and gutta percha covered wooden box has medallion cover on the lid depicting a seated dejected Napoleon, his hat at his side and many accessories in the background. The inside lid has a velourframed mirror with marbled paper lining. The base has purple velvet fitted recesses, filled with original silver sewing tools including scissors, needle case, stiletto, knife, bodkin and thimble. Excellent condition. French, circa 1800. $900/1300

162. Early 1800s French Lady’s Silver Necessaire with Petite Toilette Articles 5 ½” (14 cm.) overall. A bellows-shaped heavy silver necessaire with attached gilt bar is embellished on the lid with six-pointed silver 162 open.

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163. Fine Early Wooden Sewing Box with Chinoiserie Designs and Carved Bone Accessories 8 ½” (22 cm.) x 6 ½” x 4”. The wooden case has ebony finish with very elaborate Chinoiserie designs including scenes and borders, and with brass ball feet and lion’s head mounts with bail handles at the sides. Hinging open to pink paper lined well-fitted interior filled with more than 20 carved bone sewing tools including an especially fine thimble case with painted floral accents and containing original thimble. There is a lower drawer, with lock and key, which contains various personal mementoes along with still more tools, silk needle cases, and such. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $2200/3500

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164. Austrian Carved Wooden Sewing Necessaire with Original Bone Sewing Tools 4” (10 cm.) The urn-shaped carved wooden necessaire has egg-shaped center resting upon a square base, and with carved crown and two bone knobs. The crown opens for access to the small wax pot, and the center unscrews for access to a complete set of carved original bone sewing tools and thimble. Excellent condition. Austria, mid1800s. $500/800

165. Chinese Wooden Lacquered Sewing Box with Original Carved Bone Sewing Tools 14” (36 cm.) x 10” x 6”h. An octagon-shaped wooden box with black lacquered finish is elaborately-gilt-decorated with village scenes and borders, has carved wooden claw feet and brass bail handles. The chest opens to a fitted interior including two green silk pincushions and carved bone compartment fittings, as well as an 164.

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extraordinary number of carved bone sewing tools including folding tape measure, cloth tape measures, needle holders, thread winders, spool holders, thimbles, folding tablet, and more. Excellent condition. Chinese for the export trade, circa 1800. $2500/3500 165 detail.

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166. French Mother-of-Pearl Knitting Needle Holders in the Shape of Fish 2 ¼” (6 cm.) fish. A pleated green silk ribbon connects a pair of mother-of-pearl fish designed as knitting needle holders; when in use the fish appear, amusingly, to be swimming toward and away from each other. Excellent condition. French, circa 1820. $400/600

167. Early 1800s Silver Knitting-Needle Holders in the Shape of Torches 2 ½” (6 cm.) The matched pair of knitting needle holders are designed in the shape of ancient torches, with incised decorations, and are connected by a silver chain. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $300/500

168. Mid-18th Century Sewing Necessaire in the Shape of a Fish

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6” (15 cm.) The silver fish with embossed design of overlapping fish scales is designed with ruby eyes, and has sewing tools hidden inside: head removes for access to a silver thimble, tucked below the thimble is a thread bobbin, and the fish separates mid-way for access to the needle case. Excellent condition. Circa 1750. $1700/2200

169. Mid-1800s Silver Knitting-Needle Holders in Shape of Slippers 2” (5 cm.) Of fine silver, designed in the shape of elegant slip-on slippers with floral ornament buckle, and with original silver chain. Excellent condition. Circa 1850. $300/500

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170. Early 1800s Silver/Gilt Knitting-Needle Holders in the Shape of Lady’s Boots 1 ½” (4 cm.) The matching pair of knitting needle holders depicts a ladies booted gilt boot and ribbed stockings, with connecting chain. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $300/500


171. Viennese Biedermeier Era Sewing Case with Gilt and Flower Embellishments 8” (20 cm.) x 6” x 2 ½”. A wooden/ paper mache sewing box has rich paper cover with gold leaf paper edging that centers a large oval glass-covered arrangement of cut velvet floral design with embroidered details. The box opens to a mirrored back with wide pressed gold paper frame, and a fitted lift-out tray in the base with four papertrimmed compartments including a red-velvet pincushion above a hidden compartment. The tray lifts out for access to another hidden compartment. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1830. $1200/1800

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172. Victorian Gilt Needlecase “Nanny” Brooch with Onyx-Like Stone 2” (5 cm.) The gilt brooch, which is decorated by an onyx-stone medallion with 171 lid. gold mount, flanked by floral design, is actually a needle case which accesses by unscrewing the little button cap at one end of the bar. Excellent condition. Circa 1850. $300/500

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173. Victorian Gilt Needlecase “Nanny” Brooch with Red Mica Stone 2” (5 cm.) The gilt brooch, which is decorated by a red mica-like stone that is flanked by floral design, is actually a needle case which accesses by unscrewing the little button cap at one end of the bar. Excellent condition. Circa 1850. $300/400

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174. Victorian Gilt Needlecase “Nanny” Brooch with Mica Stone 2” (5 cm.) The gilt brooch, which is decorated by a circular red mica-like stone that is flanked by floral design, is actually a needle case which accesses by unscrewing the little button cap at one end of the bar. Excellent condition. Circa 1850. $300/400 174.

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175. Viennese Biedermeier Wooden Double Thread Winder 42” (107 cm.) Of fine mahogany or walnut wood, the narrow standing form has two wooden thread winders that can be arranged at various heights on the form. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1830. $400/700

176. German Wooden Sewing Clamp with Pincushion, Mirror and Needle Case 10” (25 cm.) The maple wood sewing tool with darker-striped accents features a wooden table clasp with wooden screw that is fronted by a round mirror, barrel-shaped needle case 176 back. with stenciled design of wolf in wilderness and with turn-screw opening at one end, and a surmounting pincushion with red woolen cap. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1880. $500/700

177. Two Early Wooden Sewing Tools 5” (13 cm.) longest. Each of finely polished wood including a neatly-shaped bar with ball tips; and a barrel-shaped bobbin holder with bone-edged hole at the side for thread to unravel in a smooth manner during use. Excellent condition. Circa 1860. $300/500

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178. Early 19th Century Needlework Bag 8” (20 cm.) Very tightly-woven needlework bag with alternating bands of green and cream with blue and orange interwoven designs, having silk edging and bi-color cord draw-strings with silk and crocheted tassel and ball trim. Excellent condition. Early 19th century. $500/700

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179. Early 19th Century Beaded Bag with Floral Design 8” (20 cm.) Of tiny beads, set against a cream background is a wide band of vibrant multi-colored flowers of various varieties, edged by a purple and cream border, narrow band of roses, and a bottom edge of roses that appear to be reaching up from an urn, with cord draw-string and beaded tassel. Excellent condition. Early 19th century. $500/700

180. Early 19th Century Beaded Bag with Hunting Scene 7” (18 cm.) The early beaded bag has a vibrant scene depicting a gentleman in top hat and hunting suit against a country background, along with hunting dogs, flying birds and reindeer, with baskets of flowers at the base and a beaded tassel Excellent condition. Early 19th century. $500/700

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181. Early 1800s Set of Three Sewing Accessories in Original Leather Case 2.2” (6 cm.) x 1 ½”. 1” thimble. A leather bound case with silk lining and having image of young girl on the cover contains three early silver sewing tools, namely a diminutive thimble, a threadwinter, and a tape measure with handinked silk tape. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $800/1300

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182. Large English Needlework by Hannah Swires for Christmas, 1846 30” (76 cm.) x 26” framed. The large needlework images appear to feature the children and pets of the Swire family, with a young lad in elaborately-worked Scottish costume seated in the center alongside the family dog; at the bottom corners is a young child playing with another dog, and further images include the family home, another dog, cat on cushion, bird, pheasant, butterflies, chapel, and a garland of flowers around the outside. Along the bottom the words “Hannah Swires Work December 25, 1846” are embroidered. Excellent condition. English, 1846. $1100/1600

183. German Bobbin Lace-Making Pillow on a Stand 5” (13 cm.) The wooden-framed tatting board has original cloth-covered pillow from which are suspended eight original wooden lace-making bobbins; a tatting sample wraps around the form. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1875. $200/400 183.

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184. German Bisque Miniature Doll with Pincushion Skirt 5 ½” (14 cm.) Bisque shoulder head lady with sculpted blonde hair and painted features on original muslin body with bisque lower legs, is wearing an original thickly-knit winter costume trimmed with gold beads, the thickly-padded skirt designed for able use as a pincushion holder. Excellent condition. Germany. circa 1865. $400/600

185. Mid-18th Century Viennese Sewing Box with Original Needlework Cushion 13” (33 cm.) x 11” x 7”h. at back, and 4”h. at front. The slant-top sewing box of elaborate inlay designs on top and sides, has flattened ballfeet, cast ball studs, and a large framed needlework pincushion centering the lid. The entire interior is covered with hand-painted paper with raised design and there is a marquetry wood panel with floral design at the center inside lid. The base has built in shelves, and the case is bound with large cast iron handmade hinges, and has its original lock and key. Excellent condition. Vienna, Baroque era, circa 1750. $1800/3200

186. English Victorian Needle Case with Thimble 3” (8 cm.) Designed in the shape of a trunk with silk padded lid having decoupage floral decoration, and which hinges open to two layers, with fold-out sides to offer various needle sizes. The first layer presents the name “The Royal

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Needle Case” and a lovely image of a lady, and the second layer discloses a silver thimble with cabouchon tip and spool of thread. Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $400/600

187. Biedermeier Era Viennese Pincushion with Needlework Design 5” (13 cm.) diam. The round pincushion with scalloped edging and ebony frame trimmed with large white glass beads has a needlework cushion with floral design, and circle loop gilt handle with thimble hook. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1840. $400/600

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190. 18th Century German Porcelain Needle Case by Meissen 4” (10 cm.) Of fine white porcelain with raised designs of waves, squares and lattice, the needle case has gold mountings and lining, and painted delicate and colorful flowers at each end. Excellent condition. Meissen, circa 1780. $1800/2500

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188. Early 19th Century German Porcelain Bodkin Case by Meissen 5” (13 cm.) The porcelain case is decorated with delicate wild-flowers with gilt flourish and blue patterned edging, and has a nosegay of wild-flowers on each cap, gold mounts with inscribed decorations, and brass lining. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1830. $1300/1800

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189. Early 19th Century Porcelain Needlecase in the Shape of Lady’s Arm

4” (10 cm.) A slender dainty lady’s arm with sculpted sleeve and ruffle and with fingers holding a small cluster of berries, is designed for use as a needle case, with silver mounts and hinged silver cap which has a raised floral design. Germany, circa 1830. Excellent condition. $700/1100

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191. 18th Century French Decorated Wood Needle Case with Gold Mounts and Tortoise Shell Interios 5” (13 cm.) Of fine wood with painted salmon-colored Vernis Martin having gilt lines and scrolls, and tiny dot flowers, with gold mounts (having two gold marks), and tortoise shell lining. Excellent condition. French, circa 1780. $1700/2200

192. French Double-Sided Mother-of-Pearl Needle Case with Silver Mounts 5” (13 cm.) Mother-of-pearl over wood needle case has double compartments that access from either side, with silver mounts and having incised floral decorations. Excellent condition. French, circa 1789. $800/1200


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193. 18th Century German Porcelain Needle Case in the Shape of a Lady’s Leg by Meissen

194. 18th Century Enameled Bodkin Case with Painted Scenes 5” (13 cm.) The bodkin case has brass lining and rich cobalt blue enamel finish with gold accents and 194. four hand-painted scenes of people with castles, houses, or ships in the background, and gold flourish frames. Excellent condition. Late 18th century, $800/1200

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194.1. Mid-19th Century German Porcelain Needle Case by Meissen 4” (10 cm.) Of white porcelain with cobalt blue trailing flower design, and having a silver mount and cap with repousse designs. Excellent condition. Germany, Meissen, circa 1850. $500/800

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195. Late 18th Century French Bone and Gold Case with Bone Notepad 3 ½” (9 cm.) The card-shaped flat case of carved bone has rich gold mounts and two attached plaques “D’Amities” and “Souvenirs” indicating memories of friendship. Inside is a a fitted two-sheet bone folding note pad with gilt hinge, along with a gilt-tipped pencil. Excellent condition. French, circa 1780. $800/1200

196. French Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Tool Case in the Shape of a Hooded Cradle 4” (10 cm.) Having rich gilt metal frame with scrolled frame decorated with ormolu leaves, and with cradle bed and hooded back formed from mother-of-pearl shells, with hanging loop at the top and beveled glass cover protecting the needles and thimbles that could be stored in the bed. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $600/800 195.

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197. French Gilt and Motherof-Pearl Accessory

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2” (5 cm.) A cat, posed standing upright and costumed, is pulling a cart formed from a mother-of-pearl shell with gilt metal frame and spoked wheels. The shell opens at the hinged side to reveal a tiny working compass. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $300/500

198. 19th Century Pair of Mother-of-Pearl Pincushion and Wax Holder 1.2” (3 cm.) diam. The matched pair, each with raised floral design and petal-shaped edge comprise a pincushion with padded rose silk lining, and a wax holder. Excellent condition. French, mid-19th century. $300/500

199. French Mother-of-Pearl Pincushions and Thread Winder 1” (3 cm.) Each is of mother-of-pearl with intricately-designed circular shaped pincushions with rose or blue silk padding, one with silver-headed pins, along with a thread winder. Excellent condition. French, circa 1860. $200/300 199.

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200. French Wooden Sewing and Pen Box from Palais Royal with Mother-of-Pearl Tools with Pansy Emblems 8” (20 cm.) x 6” x 3 ½”h. Of finest woods, the box is shaped with bombe top and sides, and is trimmed with black narrow striping; and has bone feet and bail handles. It opens to a mirrored back with coral velvet edging, and velvet-lined fitted tray with rose-silk edged recesses and an embroidered velvet panel at the back. Designed as both a sewing and pen box, with original mother-of-pearl and gold tools, three with original Palais Royal pansy emblem, including seal, pen and gold-capped inkwells, scissors, thimble, needle case with eagle head, two thread winders, gold-capped perfume bottle, and five additional tools. The tray lifts out to reveal hidden compartment below, and the box has original lock and key. Excellent condition. French, Palais Royal, circa 1810. $4500/6500 200 detail.

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201. Early 19th Century Beadwork Purse with Rose Design 9” (23 cm.) Tiny cream beads are intricately shaded and accented with bands of shaded roses and leaves with gilt accents, homespun lining, tatting at the upper edge and drawstring cord handle. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $600/900

202. Early 19th Century Beadwork Purse in Rare Mauve Color 8” (20 cm.) The delicate purse has alternating beadwork panels of colorful large roses with tiny roses and geometric designs, with brown bead lower panel, green cord drawstring, unlined. Excellent condition. Circa 1840. $500/800

203. Early 19th Century Beadwork Purse with Silver Accents 8” (20 cm.) The rounded-shape purse has a delicate beaded pattern in pale green and grey against a cream background, and is accented with tiny silver beads, with beaded ball tassel, homespun lining, and thickly-braided handle. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $600/900

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204. Early 19th Century Petite Beadwork Purse with Wreath of Roses 7” (18 cm.) Tiny ivory beads with gilt accents create the background for a wreath of red roses, rose buds and leaves, set above a panel of colorful single flowers and blue borders and fringe, with drawstring cord handle. Excellent condition. Circa 1840. $600/800

205. Early 19th Century Beadwork Purse Depicting Ladies at Tea 10” (25 cm.) Colorful and tiny beads create a wide central highly detailed panel depicting 13 ladies at tea; the design extends around the entire purse (on one side ladies are gathered at the piano and on the other they gather at the tea table, one lady is holding a tiny beaded bag). The center panel is edged by two framing borders above that are repeated below, and with drawstring cord handle, silk faille lining, and beaded fringe. Excellent condition. Circa 1840. $1200/1600

206. Early 19th Century Beadwork Bag with Abstract Floral Design 8” (20 cm.) l. Intricately designed and quite heavy with black and grey designs in the background, and colorful abstract pyramid of flowers at the front, back and two sides, with ball dangle, homespun lining, and drawstring link handle. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $1100/1500

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207. Viennese Biederemeier Era Pincushion with Sewing Tool Drawer 5” (13 cm.) h. 4 ½”w. Arranged upon a weighted base with original cream paint and ebony black accents is a petit point pincushion with gold paper edging and a single drawer with silver knob for storing sewing tools. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1840. $300/500

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208. French Sewing Box in the Shape of a Miniature Desk 5” (13 cm.) w. 5 ½”h. The wooden desk with fauxrosewood finish decorated with painted white flowers and beads with white and gold accent dots and stripes has a lift-top with mirrored back and three lidded compartments for storage of sewing tools and accessories. Attached to the base, appearing as a footstool, is a silk-covered pincushion. Excellent condition, mirror cracked at bottom right corner. French, circa 1865. $600/900

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211. Mid-19th Century Bodkin Case of StrawWork 4 ½” (11 cm.) The cylindrical case of woven straw over paper mache or card stock features rich designs of flowers and fruits, and has original paper with maker’s inventory number on the inner tube. Very good condition, some minor straw wear. Circa 1850. $300/500

209. 18th Century Enamel Needlecase with Floral Design

4 ½” (11 cm.) Of green enamel with raised white leaf-like designs and three medallions with floral designs, having gold mounts. Excellent condition. Circa 1789. $700/900

210. French Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Needle Case in Parasol Shape 4” (10 cm.) In the shape of a closed parasol, the mother-of-pearl parasol is decorated with gold tip and mountings, and has painted tiny flowers and green accents. It unscrews near the top for access to hollow interior, and has a removable hand-grip for access to gilt stiletto tip. Excellent condition. French, Palais Royal, circa 1810. $500/800

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212. French Napoleon III-Epoch Fine Sewing Box with Mother-of-Pearl Inlays and Contents 12” (30 cm.) x 9” x 5”. Constructed with fine mitered corners and finish in ebony black with rich inlays of mother-of-pearl accented by gold leaf painting, the box opens to an elaborately-ruched green silk panel on the inside lid, and a green silklined compartmented tray which contains matching mother-of-pearl sewing tools comprising scissors with urn of flowers handle, two stilettos, pincers, bodkin, needle case in the shape of a bow and arrow, six floral-designed thread spools, and matching tape measure with silk cloth tap, and two wax containers. There are two green silk needle folios, two green silk pincushions, and two silver thimbles (one a child’s). The inside lid line secretly folds forward for access to a hidden section for love letters, and the bottom tray lifts out to reveal two secret compartments, one covered by yet another green silk lid with five additional sewing tools. Original lock and key. Excellent condition. French, Napoleon III epoch. circa 1860. $3500/6500 212 lid.

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213. French Silver Sewing Necessaire in Wooden Harp-Shaped Case 7� (18 cm.) A wooden case designed in the shape of a harp has an inlay design in lighter wood and mother-of-pearl of harp strings, and hinges open to red-velvet lined interior with fitted recesses for the original sewing tools within comprising scissors, needle case, thimble and stiletto, and mother-of-pearl bodkin. Excellent condition. French, early 1800s. $700/1000

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214. French Gilt Silver Sewing Necessaire in Richly-Inlaid Wooden Case

5� (13 cm.) A wooden case is designed with inlaid wooden, bone and mother-of-pearl and hinges open to a lined interior of silk faille and ivory velvet with recesses for placement of original sewing tools which comprise a gilt-handled scissors, stiletto, thimble and needle case. Excellent condition. French, early 1800s. $1200/1500

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215. French Palais Royale Sewing Box with Pansy-Shield Marked Sewing Tools 4” (10 cm.) x 3”. Of exotic burled wood with darker-wood inlay and mother-of-pearl inlay panel at the center top, the case opens to a mirrored back with mauve and cream cord edging, and base lined with fitted purple velvet containing an original set of mother-of-pearl sewing tools, comprising scissors, stiletto needlecase with gold mounts, thimble with gold rims, stiletto, bobbin, thread winder, and bodkin. The thimble and needle case have the pansy shield emblem of Palais Royal. Excellent condition. French, circa 1810. $2500/3500

216. French Wooden Sewing Case with Gold Sewing Tools 5” (13 cm.) x 2”. A dark wooden sewing case with fruitwood flower inlay and edging, opens to an interior with magenta silk lining on the inside lid, and purple velvet base with fitted recesses for the original gold sewing tools which comprise scissors, thimble, needle case, stiletto and bodkin. Excellent condition. French, circa 1840. $800/1100 216 lid. 216.

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resembling fine trailing vines has shapely bail handle with medallion at center top. Along with a silver wool-ball holder with filigree design and having attached stand and original four-color wool braid bracelet. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1780. $1400/1900

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217. 18th Century Viennese Silver Sewing Basket and Silver Wool Holder Ball 8” (20 cm.) l. basket. A boat-shaped basket with very dainty filigree design

218. Dutch Silver Chatelaine Purse and Accessories 3” (8 cm.) w. of purse frame. A silver purse with chain link sides has incised detail on the frame which is marked Sterling on the inside rim, and an extended chain, hanging loop and several accessories and weighted balls. Excellent condition. Dutch, circa 1800. $1100/1600

219. Early 19th Century Silver Needle Case in Shape of Swaddling Child 1 ½” (4 cm.) The silver needle case is designed as a swaddling child with details of bonnet and costume, smiling expression. It hinges open at the base for access to hollow interior. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $400/600

220. Viennese Biedermeier Silver Wool Holder with Finger Hold 4” (10 cm.) The ballshaped wool holder with pumpkin-like ribbing stands on three curved feet 220.

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and has a handle with finger rest at the top. The ball hinges open at the center for placement of wool ball, of which a single strand can come forth from the small hole at the top. Excellent condition. Viennese, circa 1830. $700/900

attached to a silver fretwork ball which hinges open for placement of silk thread or wool yarn, and was designed to keep threads or wools untangled when tatting, knitting or crocheting. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1790, $700/900

221. Late 18th Century Viennese Silver Fretwork Silk Thread Basket with Bracelet

10” (25 cm.) l. 5 ½” frame. Of green moire silk and decorated with bands of black velvet and silver, and beaded silver fringe, the silk-lined purse has an elaborate heavy silk frame with wreath handles that attach to a black woven cord. Excellent condition. Early 19th century. $500/700

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223. 18th Century Viennese Silver Sewing Box with Pincushion Lid 5” (13 cm.) x 3 ½”. Of intricate silver filigree design suggesting peacock feathers, the angled side box, designed to hold small sewing objects, has a hinged lid with purple velvet pincushion cover. The inside base has silver markings. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1780. $1200/1700

224. Dutch Silver Chatelaine with Wool and Knitting-Needle Holders 6” (15 cm.) Designed to loop onto the belt of lady’s skirt, the chatelaine has rich floral basket design with curved silver loop for holding of wool ball, and two extended silver chains, each of which has a fruit basket with extended stem design at the end, designed to hold knitting needles. Excellent condition. Dutch, circa 1800. $700/900 222.

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225. Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box with Miniature Watercolor by Balthasar Wigand and Original Sewing Tools 5” (13 cm.) x 3”. Having fine mother-of-pearl veneers and gilt frame, escutcheon, and borders that surround a miniature watercolor featuring a background of the Sauerhof Hotel in Baden, Austria with surrounding grounds and wide boulevard in which 26 people are

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strolling, on horseback or riding in carriages. The case opens to mirrored back and with original velvet-fitted base containing an original set of gold sewing tools, comprising scissors with silver blades, stiletto, needle case, thimble and two winders. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1830, with watercolor by Balthasar Wigand, and sewing case likely from his own workshops. $2500/3500

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226. 18th Century French Gold-Framed Onyx Etui with Gold Sewing Tools 3 ¼” (8 cm.) Of beautiful marbled onyx including onyx stones at cap and base, and with gold mounts, the etui opens to a fitted interior of 8 gold tools including rare spoon and measuring stick, and one motherof-pearl tool. Excellent condition. French, circa 1780. $2200/2800

227. French Gilt and Mother-of-Pearl Lidded Basket as Sewing Case 3” (8 cm.) x 2 ½” marble base. A gilt metal basket with detailed impressions of basket weave and straps, two handles, and having hinged lid with applique gilt flourishes that center a motherof-pearl medallion with applique of a single berry, 227. leaf and stem; the basket has original pin attachment to marble base and was designed as a container for small sewing tools. French, mid-1800s. $500/700

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228. Large Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box with Miniature Watercolor by Balthasar Wigand and Original Sewing Tools 7” (18 cm.) x 4 ½”. Having fine mother-of-pearl veneers with elaborate gilt escutcheon, and frame that surround a miniature watercolor featuring an elaborate background including the Weilburg palace with surrounding towers, countryside, mountains, rivers, bridge, village and a wide boulevard with 17 persons featured in various activities. The case opens to mirrored back with coral cording and with original velvet-fitted base containing an original set of motherof-pearl sewing tools, comprising scissors with silver blades, stiletto, parasol-shaped needle case with eagle handle, thimble, knife, folding knife, winder and threader, each with gold accents. The tray lifts out for access to hidden compartment below; key is included. Excellent condition, the watercolor is especially fresh with rich colors and shading. Vienna, circa 1830, with watercolor by Balthasar Wigand, and sewing case likely from his own workshops. $4500/6500

229. German Porcelain Needle Case in Shape of Swaddling Baby 3 ½” (9 cm.) The porcelain needle case is designed as a baby in swaddling clothes with defined head support and baby bonnet, and with painted blue and white ribbons over pink wrap, having silver mount for access to hollow interior. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $500/700 229.

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230. English Victorian Brass and Wooden Four Spool Thread Winder 2 ½” (6 cm.) h. A round base with central pose has an richly-bossed cover with carrying knob and four matching smaller knobs that provide support for the lower wooden 230. thread-winder spool. The bobbins are of dark wood with stained green striping. Excellent condition. English, circa 1860. $500/700

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231. German Wooden Miniature Chest and Mirror as Pincushion and Thimble Case 8” (20 cm.) The wooden miniature dollhouse furnishing, designed as a chest with attached mirror and frame has pink silk pincushion with pink velour edging and pink silk fringe; the seat lifts for access to hollow box interior designed for storage of thimbles and such. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1885. $200/300

232. Two French Needle Cases with Colorful Images 3 ½” (9 cm.) x 2” larger. The larger is of stiff paper stock with embossed paper edging around an image of three children in the garden on one side and geometric design on the other, with marbled paper and wool needle cloths with needles on the interior. Along with a smaller 231. leather bound folio with four scenic engravings, gilt tooling including emblem on flap, and interior designations for four different size needles, Excellent condition. For the French market, early/mid 1800s. $400/600

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233. Two German Wooden Needle Cases 3” (8 cm.) shoe. A cylinder-shaped wooden needle case has lacquered finish and a painting of fashionable woman in bonnet, along with a shoe-shaped needle case with detail of stitching and lacing, and with hinged lid. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $400/600

234. French Sewing Tools of Bone and Steel in Original Case 7” (18 cm.) The wooden case with black leatherette cover and silk ribbon hinging, opens to beveled mirror with cord edging on the inside lid, and a pink silk lined base with five sewing

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235. Superb Viennese Biedermeier Era “The Morning Glories” Sewing Box 11” (28 cm.) x 9” x 6”h. The wooden sewing box is completely covered with deeply-embossed gold papers, ebony trim, mirrors, painted gold columns, lock and key, and a raised center panel on the lid with delicate morning glory needlework design under glass. The box opens to a mirrored back with six borders, and base with a lift-out tray that disguises a fitted lower section containing center wooden spool holder and two “love letter” compartments. The tray is fitted with nine sections, the center with eight-panel gilt-paper lined mirrors ,and the others that are green paper lined, the lids with gold paper edging, four lids with decorated mirrors, and four lids being miniature watercolors (a woman, a flower, a castle scene and a monument scene). Excellent condition, one interior mirror has a crack. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1830. $2500/3500 235 closed.

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medallion at the top with blue outlined carved hunting scene, and a framed miniature painting of mountains and streams, with mother-of-pearl escutcheon and two keys. The interior is lined with green velvet on the lower box, and green paper and silk with mirror on the top. Excellent condition. Viennese, Biedemeier era, circa 1830. $900/1400

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236.1. French Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Needle Case 3” (8 cm.) The mother-of-pearl flat needle case with gold mounts has the classic pansy emblem medallion design. Excellent condition. French, circa 1820. $500/700

237. French Palais Royal Mother-ofPearl Needle Case 3 ½” (9 cm.) Designed in the shape of a tower with domed cap, the mother-ofpearl needle case has gold mounts and is decorated with a gold medallion with pansy design, the emblem of the Palais Royal. Excellent condition. French, circa 1810. $500/800

236. Viennese Biedermeier Wooden Sewing Box with Bone and Motherof-Pearl Inlays and Miniature Painting

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9” (23 cm.) x 6 ½”h. The unusually designed, probably one-of-a-kind, eight-sided sewing box of finest woods features a smaller matching cabinet attached to the lower, and has beveled edges, eight ebony ball feet, bone inlay panels, bone and wooden geometric inlay panels, a large oval mother-of-pearl

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238. Early 1800s Viennese Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Box With Engraving of Danube Overlook 5” (13 cm.) x 3”. A finely-crafted sewing box with mother-of-pearl centering a gilt-framed early engraving of fashionable peoples at the Danube overlook, and with gilt mounts and lock and key. The box opens to a mirrored back and cream velvet base with fitted recesses for the original set of mother-of-pearl sewing tools which comprise scissors, thimble with gold rims, needle case with gold rim, folding knife, bodkin, stiletteo, thread winder and one other tool. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1830. $1800/2300

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239. Late 18th Century French Mother-of-Pearl Etui with Silver Sewing Tools 4” (10 cm.) In the shape of a knife box, with angled top, and with mother-of-pearl over wood having elaboratelyyet-delicately painted wild flowers on all sides, the case opens to magenta silk padded lining with fitted recesses for the matched set of silver tools which comprise scissors, folding knife, tape holder with cloth tape, thimble, stiletto and awl, along with matching silk needle folio, excellent condition, repair to mother-of-pearl at upper right corner, French, circa 1780. $1200/1600

240. French Marble Bodkin Case with Gold Mounts and Precious Stones 5” (13 cm.) Of fine polished marble, the bodkin/ needle case has gold inside form and is decorated with gold mounts decorated with ruby stones at both sides, and enhanced with cobalt blue banding at the gold opening frames. Excellent condition. French, circa 1800. $1700/2100

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of sewing tools, including two tape measures (one with velvet pincushion lid), seashell-cased pincushion, threads, red leather book-shaped case lettered “Best Needles” and more. Excellent condition. England, Regency era, circa 1815, attributed to Ottoway of London. $1800/2500

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10” (25 cm.) x 8 ½” x 4 ½”. Of fine burr-yew wood, with fruitwood stripe inlays and a painted Grecian-theme image on the lid which has tapered edges that complement the slightlytapered side walls, with bone escutcheon (key included) and brass lion’s head handles, the beautifully-fitted chest has pink paper lining on the inside lid, and goldaccented pink fabric lining on the lower compartments, and several hidden “love letter” compartments. There is a leather-covered wooden tray with three silver sewing tools (scissors, needle case, and stiletto), two boxes with burr-yew wood lids and bone handles, rose pink silk pincushion, and five open sections that contain a bounty

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242. Two French Carved Bone Pincushions with Special Features 2 ½” (6 cm.) l. larger. The larger is an elaborately-carved bone pincushion with green velvet pincushion, and hidden tape measure with hand-lettered numbering in the base which rewinds from the side handle which has a Stanhope image. The other is a well-carved sewing clamp with red silk pincushion cover. French, circa 1850. Excellent condition. $500/700


243. Two French Carved Bone Needle Cases in Shape of Parasol 4” (10 cm.) Each is carved bone with ribbed detail of folded parasol, one with 243. hand-shaped grip with Stanhope of Salzburg; the other depicts a cathedral in Puy, France, and has unusual red tinted color. Each opens for use as needle holder. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $400/500

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which it holds. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $600/900

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244. English Victorian Turnbridge Wooden Basket-Shaped Pincushion 4 ½” (11 cm.) The angledside basket-shaped wooden form with inlaid woods in geometric designs, has flattened ball-shaped feet and a shaped bail handle,. The coral velvet pincushion forms a lid, and when lifted out, 244 detail. reveals a hidden compartment below which is lined with gold accented red papers. Excellent condition. English, circa 1860. $500/700

246. Three Celluloid Figural Tape Measures 1 ½” (4 cm.) - 2 ½”. Each is of celluloid with 245 detail. sculpted and painted design, and hides a retractable tape measure inside, including home with red roof, basket of fruit, and basket with cactus flower. Excellent condition. Early 20th century. $400/600

245. French Sewing Necessaire in Spanish Walnut Case 3” (8 cm.) 1 ¾”l. The walnut opens at the center with gold-mounts and red silk lining on the inside lid. The base has gold cover and is fitted with slits for the six original silver sewing tools 246.

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248. Austrian Tape Measure and Thimble in the Shape of a Lidded Stein 1 ½” (4 cm.) Gilded metal stein with relief designs of villagers, has a hinged lid and curved handle, and a silver medallion depicting Franz Joseph of Austria on the base. The lid opens for access to the thimble hidden inside, and the printed tape measure pulls out at the side. Excellent condition. Austria, circa 1880. $700/1100

249. French Bakelite Tape Measure in the Shape of a Violin 5” (13 cm.) Of bakelite with shaded color to simulate wood, and having bone accents, and thread strings, the violin hides a printed cloth retractable tape measure. Excellent condition. French, circa 1920. $300/500

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¾”h. Of richly-burnished gilt brass with impressed designs, and having cloth tape with centimeter measures. Excellent condition. Circa 1850. $700/1000

247. Dutch Gold Sewing Chatelaine with Swiss Pocket Watch 7” (18 cm.) A gold belt-looped chatelaine with elaborate detail from which suspends a chain with very detailed gilt squares to which are attached various accessories, as follows: gold needle case, gold etui with fitted recesses for tools (empty), gold thimble case (empty), small round lidded box with white pearl, and a gold-framed pocket watch marked Geneva (key not included). Exceptional detail of design and luxury accessories. Excellent condition excepting watch case does not close. Probably Dutch, late 18th century. $1700/2600 249.

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251. French Mother-of-Pearl Tape Measure in the Form of Birdcage ½”h. The mother-of-pearl birdcage-shaped frame with gilt corner columns and turning knob at the roof for re-winding. has a silk tape with hand-inked measurements. Excellent condition. French, circa 1830. $400/600

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½”h. The mother-of-pearl circular birdcageshaped frame with gilt corner columns and turning knob at the roof for re-winding. has a silk tape with hand-inked measurements. Excellent condition. French, circa 1830. $400/600

253. English Brass Patented Needle Case “The Beatrice”

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1 ¾” (4 cm.) h. 8” unfolded. Pressed brass bookshaped case with gilt finish unfolds six brass envelopes for holding needles. Named “The Beatrice”, the case was the first patented brass needle case, made by J.W. Lewis, Birmingham Jeweler and Goldsmiths, in 1867. Excellent condition. English, 1867. $800/1100

254. English Dated Brass Sewing Clamp with Butterfly Design 6” (15 cm.) The brass sewing clamp with double butterfly form and velvet-edged medallion holders has maker’s stamp, Plant and Green, and registration mark of Oct. 16, 1876. Excellent condition. English, 1876. $600/800

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255. Large and Important Sewing Cabinet of Amalie Augusta, Princess of Bavaria and Queen of Saxony

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22” (56 cm.) x 16”d. x 10”h. The large wooden cabinet with ebony finish and gilt accents has spiral columns at each side, beaded edges, and an elaborately carving on the lid which is the coat of arms and crown of Amalie Augusta, Princess of Bavaria and Queen of Saxony (1801-1877). The chest hinges open and has two opening doors at the front which give access to the large open cabinet on top and two drawers below. The drawers are filled with 22 carved bone sewing tools, and eight wooden thread spools with original silk threads. With original lock and key. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1860, an important cabinet with royal provenance. $4000/6500 255 detail.

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256. 18th Century Viennese Silver Filigree Needle Case 3” (8 cm.) Of delicate silver filigree with solid silver ends, the case opens for access to hollow interior, and has silver mark. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1770. $500/700

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3” (8 cm.) The flat-sided silver needle case is decorated with raised designs of flowers and fence and has an oval medallion designed for monogram use. Excellent condition. Circa 1830. $400/500

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4” (10 cm.) The narrow cylindrical silver needle case with ribbed design and shield medallion, has impressed silver mark on the base, Excellent condition except few slight dents, perhaps a baby bite. Circa 1800. $400/500

259. French Silver Needle Case with Bone Bobbins in the Shape of a Lady 3” (8 cm.) A silver needle holder, which accesses by removable of head, depicts a woman with welldetailed costume and hat. The carved bone base removes for access to the bone bobbin. Excellent condition. French, circa 1800. $400/600 257.

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260. Early 19th Century French Silver Needle Case in Shape of Lady 3” (8 cm.) The hollow silver form of a lady with detailed coiffure, shawl, beaded necklace, and elegant costume, is posed holding a missal. The base removes for access to the needle case. Excellent condition. French, circa 1800. $500/700

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261. Early 19th Century Silver Needle Case in the Shape of Chinese Man 2 ¾” (7 cm.) The silver needle case has welldetailed costume of Chinese man, standing with hands clasped. The head removes for access to the follow interior. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $300/500

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a red velvet pincushion. Excellent condition. English, Turnbridge, circa 1870. $300/500

264. German Carved Wooden Needle Case as Gentleman’s Slipper 3” (8 cm.) Deeply-carved details of embroidery decorate the gentleman’s slipper which separate for access to the hollow interior intended for use as needle case. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1840. $300/400

262. English Sewing Case in the Shape of “Lady’s Companion” Book 4” (10 cm.) A leather-bound book, designed to appear as a 262 detail. book, has gold tooled designs on all four sides and is lettered “Lady’s Companion”. The lid removes for access to the fitted interior which contains sewing tools: scissors, thimble, pincushion, stiletto, needle case and bone tablet for notes, Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $400/600

263. English Turnbridge Wooden Sewing Clamp and Pincushion 2 ½” (6 cm.) l. 3 ½”h. including clamp. The walnut carved sewing clamp with wooden turn screw has intricate inlaid woods in geometric pattern at the side, and is topped by 265.

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265. French Red Leather Miniature Sewing Case 2” (5 cm.) The wooden sarcophagus-shaped box is covered with red lizard skin and has gilt bead mounts and gilt ball feet, with red paper lining. Excellent condition. French, Napoleon III epoch, circa 1860. $200/400

266. Three German Carved Wooden Needle Cases 3” (8 cm.) -5”. Of carved wood, with richly-sculpted detail of decoration, each opens for access to the hollow interior for use as needle case. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1860. $500/700

267. Dutch Needlework Tree of Life Sampler, 1857 23” (58 cm.) x 23” framed. The needlework sampler in shades of red, blue , green and cream depicts the Tree of Life theme with Adam and Eve, cherubs, birds, trees, flowers and garlands, and the initial SDL and the year 1857. Excellent condition. Dutch, 1857. $700/900

268. Early 19th Century German Carved Wooden Thimble and Bobbin Holder 4” (10 cm.) Richly carved with leaf and berry theme, the case is designed to serve as a thimble holder (thimble not included) and storage for wooden bobbin (included). Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1819. $300/500

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269. English Victorian Gilt Metal Sewing Clamp with Pincushion 5” (13 cm.) The gilt metal sewing clamp has a spiral twist frame which encloses an oval mirror and which supports a fancy bowl-shaped frame which holds a burgundy velvet pincushion. Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $300/500

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which enclosed blue silk and velvet-lined box for storage of sewing items, and with blue velvet cap designed for use as a pincushion. Included is a matching silver thread winder. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1800. $900/1200

272.

272. English Silver Pincushion in Shape of Chick

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270. Viennese Silver Sewing Basket with Original Silk Drawstring Bag 7” (18 cm.) The silver-framed basket with open sides and bail handle is lined with original attached silk drawstring bag trimmed with beading and with mauve taffeta collar. The bottom of the base has mirror. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1780. $1100/1500

271. Early 19th Century Viennese Shell-Shaped Silver Pincushion

1 ¾” (4 cm.) The silver chick, with well-detailed feathers, has inset burgundy velvet pincushion on its back. Excellent condition. Germany, late 19th century. $200/300

273. Viennese Silk Pincushion in Shape of Miniature basket

3 ½” (9 cm.) Arranged around the circular-shaped base are seven silver shells

1.2” (3 cm.) The doublesided basket with deeplydefined flowers and ferns, has a silver bail handle, and a silk pincushion. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1880. $200/400

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274. Three Early 19th Century Silver Needle Cases 3 ½” (9 cm.) The silver needle cases are richly sculpted and embellished with flourishes and scrolls. Along with a silver thimble. Excellent condition. Circa 1820. $700/900

275. French Sewing Case with Painting and Silver Sewing Tools 6” (15 cm.) x 4 ½”. The flat wooden case with painted red finish and oil-painted scene depicting an interior scene with three persons, with excellent detail of architecture and furnishings, Inside is a blue velvet base with fitted recesses for the original silver sewing tools, comprising scissors, knife, stiletto, needle case, thimble and bodkin, and mother-of-pearl thread winder. Excellent condition. Vienna, early 1800s. $800/1100

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277. Three Sewing Tools 8” (20 cm.) Including a silver needle holder with decorative stones, a small clamp and scissors shaped holder. Circa 1900. $400/500

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276. Two Early 1800s French Folio Needle Cases with Painted Scenes Featuring Needles 3” (8 cm.) x 2 ½” closed, larger book. One with leather cover, one with paper stock cover with cover engraving, and inside each are flannel “pages” with scenes of soldiers in various marching or fighting scenes, designed that needles will be placed in the scenes to appear as swords or other weaponry. Very good condition. French, circa 1800. $400/600 276.

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278. Mid-18th Century French SilverFramed Lizard Necessaire 4” (10 cm.) The silverframed necessaire with parasol-shaped case has green lizard skin cover, and is fitted with a pair

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of hand-cast silver scissors and a tiny spoon in silver frame. Excellent condition. French, circa 1750. $400/600

274. 19th Century Silver Thimble 1” (3 cm.) The silver needle has an extended steel tip. Excellent condition. Mid 19th century. $200/300

280. Three Early 1800s Silver Sewing Needle Cases 3” (8 cm.) Three silver needle cases with elaborate silver embellishments. Excellent condition. Circa 1800. $700/900

281. Viennese Sewing Case with Painting and Silver Sewing Tools 6” (15 cm.) x 4 ½”. The flat wooden case with painted red finish and oil-painting depicting an interior scene with three persons, with excellent detail of architecture and furnishings, Inside is a mirrored back with cord edging and green velvet base with fitted recesses for the original silver sewing tools, comprising scissors, knife, stiletto, needle case, and thimble. Excellent condition. Vienesse, early 1800s, painting appears to be from a series of which #275 of this book is another related scene. $800/1100 281.

282. Victorian Silver Thimble ¾”. The silver thimble has especially deeplydefined details of carving. Mid-1800s. $200/400

283. Viennese Silver Knitting Needle Holder 8” (20 cm.) The silver knitting needle holder is decorated with filigree blossom designs at each end. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1850. $300/500

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lid, and nine framed colored engravings depicting various scenes of Vienna and surrounding area including the Tivoli Park, the Pleasure Castle behind the Schobrunn Palace and the Knight’s Palace (each is identified). Below the scenes are six boxes on the sides which actually hide six lower boxes which can be slide-accessed when the center open panel and center fitted compartment is removed. Contained in the boxes are about 60 wound threads on original hand-made wooden bobbins. the threads in classic colors of the era. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1840. $3500/5500

284.1. French Gilt Metal Pincushion as Miniature Sewing Table 284 lid.

284. Outstanding Viennese Biedermeier Era Sewing Box with Nine Miniature Engravings and a Velvet Embroidery 15” (38 cm.) x 10” x 6”h. The wooden box is completely covered with richlyembossed gilt papers and has tiny brass claw feet, detailed shaping of lid with two side mirrors that flank a large framed embroidery panel featuring an applique embroidery of velvet flowers and leaves on silk. The box opens to a well-fitted interior decorated by a gilt-paper framed mirror and rose paper on the inside

4 ½” (11 cm.) Attached to a white marble platform is a gilt metal table with very fancilysculpted legs, and a table top with lion’s head trim and a hinged lid for access to the interior storage for needles. A green silk pincushion is atop the table. Excellent condition. French, circa 1880. $300/500 284.1.

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285. Mid-1800s French Bone Sewing Necessaire with Gold Sewing Tools 4” (10 cm.) The oval-shaped bone case has lettered monogram E,B, on the lid, and in the interior-recessed fitted compartments contains five original gold sewing tools comprising a scissors with silver blades, bodkin, stiletto, thimble, and needle case. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850s. $1100/1500

286. Early 1800s French Gilt Silver Etui with Sewing Tools 3 ½” (9 cm.) Of heavy silver with gilt finish, and having delicate basket-weave like pattern overall, with gold mounts, and opening to gold interior containing six sewing tools in the fitted holes, and with hidden bobbins below the gold thimble. Excellent condition. French, circa 1830. $1700/2400

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287.

287. English Victorian Brass Needle Case in Shape of Miniature Game and Work Table 2 ½” (6 cm.) Of pressed brass with fine detail of impressed designs, including checkerboard table top, and appearing to be a miniature game or sewing table, although actually when the table top is lifted, it is revealed to be a case for needles with fitted niches. The underside is marked W. Avery & Son. Excellent condition. English, Avery, circa 1875. $500/700 286 open.

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288. German Porcelain Pincushion with Painted Floral Design

288.

2” (5 cm.) The round porcelain plaques are decorated with colorful flowers on one and tiny gold stars on the other, each with gilt ormolu frame, and joined by a pincushion center around which are colorful pin heads. Excellent condition. Germany, early 1800s. $300/500

289. English Victorian Brass Needle Case in the Shape of a Miniature Easel 4 ½” (11 cm.) The brass easel with embossed designs overall holds a folio with raised basket of flowers, which opens to reveal, not paintings, but niches for the storage of easels. The easel is signed W. Avery & Sons. Excellent condition. England, Avery & Sons, circa 1875. $500/700

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290.

290. French Napoleon III Gilt Sewing Necessaire in the Shape of a Beehive 6” (15 cm.) Attached to a white marble base is a gilt metal sewing case designed in the shape of a beehive with attached clover leaves and five bumblebees. The case opens and reveals gold sewing tools, namely thimble, scissors, needle case and stiletto in fitted recesses. Excellent condition. French, Napoleon III epoque, circa 1860. $1500/1800 290 closed.

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291 detail. 291 closed.

291. Mid-1800s German Burled Wooden Sewing Box with Silver Sewing Tools 13” (33 cm.) x 8” x 6”. Of fine burled wood and with elegant subtle curved shape to the sides and beveled top, the chest has lighter wood stripe inlay and metal escutcheon. The case opens to a mirrored back and fitted base with lift-out tray

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hiding the “love letter” compartment below. The tray has a blue velvet pincushion, four compartments with bone handles, an open section with 11 various bone or wooden sewing tools, and a blue velvet tray with fitted recesses for the original set of silver sewing tools comprising scissors, needle case, stiletto, knife, thimble and finger protector, Excellent condition. Germany, mid-1800s. A German-language newspaper dated 1854 is in the lower section. $1200/1700


292. 295.

295. Early 1800s English Tortoise Shell Needle Case

292. Viennese Biedermeier Epoch Sewing Box with Painting of Doves 7” (18 cm.) The oval wooden cherry wood box has slat sides of ebony black and a center medallion on the hinged lid with a glass-covered painting of two doves perched on an arrow within a bower of dainty flowers. The interior of the case is fitted with dark green silk faille. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1820. $800/1100

2 ½” (6 cm.) The wooden domed top chest has tortoise-shell cover and tiny bone ball feet. It hinges open to aqua silk lined interior. Excellent condition. English, circa 1840. $300/500

296. French Beadwork Purse with Silver Frame 9” (23 cm.) A silver frame with richly-sculpted floral designs and swan clasps for the silver bead chain has heavily beaded bag with gold beads and a blue and red floral design. Excellent condition. Circa 1840. $500/700

293. Early 1800s English Tortoise Shell Needle Case 2 ½” (6 cm.) The wooden domed top chest has 293. tortoise-shell cover and tiny bone ball feet. It hinges open to green paper-lined interior. Excellent condition. English, circa 1840. $300/500

294. German Wooden Needle Case in Shape of Parasol 5” (13 cm.) The maple wood case with polished finish and stenciled design of dancing couple is in the shape of a parasol. It unscrews midway for access to the hollow interior. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $300/500

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300. Two Carved Bone Needle Cases with Persons and Animals 3” (8 cm.) largest. Including a rectangular case with slide lid having carved designs of person in cart being pulled by three swans, and a rounded case with carved figure of Cupid holding a heart, love birds on a shelf behind. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $500/800

301. Two French Carved Bone Needle Cases, One with Stanhope 4” (10 cm.) Each of carved bone, with intricately carved designs, one with Stanhope image of a mountain scene. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $300/400 297.

297. French Set of Carved Bone Sewing Tools in Original Case 7” (18 cm.) x 3” case. A leather-covered wooden case with silvered corner mounts and medallion, opens to blue silk fitted interior containing a set of five carved bone sewing tools, three with unusual tulip-shaped tips, and one needle case in the shape of a parasol. Excellent condition. French, circa 1870. $1200/1500

298. English Victorian Pincushion in the Shape of a Lady’s Boot 4” (10 cm.) The firmly-stuffed silk pincushion is in the shape of a lady’s book with turquoise bead lacing buttons, trimmed with blue cord and blue silk ribbons. Excellent condition. England, circa 1860. $500/700

300.

301.

302. Viennese Biedermeier Era Sewing Necessaire with Bone Trim and Sewing Accessories

298.

299. French Carved Bone Tape Measure

3 ½” (9 cm.) The firm five-sided case has green velvet cover with bone edging and accents and with a carved urn-shaped bone handle. When the lid is removed, the five interior panels fold down, revealing a silk lined interior with a complete complement of bone sewing tools including tape measure set in fitted recess and having hand-inked lettering, wax case, and thimble, as well as metal tools. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier Era, circa 1830. $1200/1500

1 ½” (4 cm.) Richly-carved barrel shaped with lattice design, and a hand-lettered silk tape with bone loop handle, and having rewinding handle at the top. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $300/400 299.

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303. Three French Carved Bone Needle Cases 3” (8 cm.) largest. Including a cylindrical bone needle case with gold mounts, a fancy flute-shaped case with painted details, and a smaller case in teardrop shape. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $700/900

304. Mid-1800s French Bone Sewing Case with Gold Tools 3” (8 cm.) The flat bone sewing case has fitted recesses inside for placement of the gold scissors and thimble. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $600/900

305. French Carved Bone Figural of Woman and Needle Case 302.

302 closed.

3” (8 cm.) woman. Each is carved bone, including a woman in folklore costume with intricate detail of costume, and a needle case with openwork lattice carving and silver mounts. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $700/1100

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306. 18th Century French Motherof-Pearl Etui with Gold Mounts 4” (10 cm.) Motherof-pearl case with gold mounts and borders is accented with gold petals, interior is empty. Case excellent. French, circa 1830. $700/900

307. 18th Century French Mother-ofPearl Bodkin Case with Gold Mounts

306.

3” (8 cm.) Of finelyinscribed motherof-pearl the tapered case has gold sides, base and mounts with ring finial and opens to gold interior that is fitted to hold a bodkin (not included). Excellent condition. French, circa 1770. $500/800

308.

308. Viennese Biedermeier Era Mother-ofPearl Knitting Shuttle in Original Case 3” (8 cm.) The ovoid-shaped mother-of-pearl shuttle has delicately-inscribed carvings on both back and front which are attached by a single gold pin. The shuttle is presented in its original leather case with velvet-fitted inte. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1830. $400/600

309. English Victorian Brass Needle Case in the Shape of a Basket

309.

2.2” (6 cm.) Pressed brass with rich gilt finish, the double-lidded handled basket is actually a needle case. Marked W. Avery & Sons. Excellent condition. English, circa 1875. $500/700

310. English Victorian Brass Needle Case “The Butterfly Box” 2 ½” (6 cm.) The basket-shaped pressed brass case has a hinged lid in the shape of a leaf upon which is resting a butterfly. The lid swings open for needle storage. Marked W. Avery & Son. Excellent condition. England, circa 1875. $500/700 307.

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311. Early 1800s Porcelain Polychrome Snow-Flake Shaped Thread Winder 2” (5 cm.) Of fine porcelain, the snowflakeshaped thread-winder is decorated on one side with blue and gold, and on the other side with green, orange and gold. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $500/700

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312. Early 1800s Porcelain Star-Shaped Thread Winder 1 ½” (4 cm.) Of fine porcelain, the star-shaped thread-winder is decorated with variant designs in blue and gold on each side. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/600

313. Early 1800s Porcelain Polychrome Star Shaped Thread Winder 1 ½” (4 cm.) Of fine porcelain, the star-shaped thread-winder is decorated on one side with blue and gold, and on the other side with green and gold. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $400/600

314. French Palais Royal Mother-of-Pearl Sewing Tools in Fitted Case 7” (18 cm.) x 3” case. The firm-sided case with leather cover and silver clasp, opens to a blue silk fitted interior with recesses for the original set of mother-of-pearl and gilt mount sewing tools that are included, comprising scissors, stiletto, needle case, bodkin case, two spools, snowflake thread winder, thimble and bodkin. Three of the sewing tools, including the thimble, have the pansy medallion of Palais Royal. Excellent condition. French, circa 1819. $1800/2500 312.

315. English Pressed Brass Needle Case “The Queen’s Footstool” by Avery & Son 2” (5 cm.) Of pressed brass with angled sides and leaf-shaped feet, designed to resemble the footstool of the Queen, but actually being a needle case. Marked on underside A. Avery & Son. Excellent condition. England, Avery & Son, circa 1875. $500/700

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316. Viennese Biedermeier Era Sewing Box “Dedicated to Friendship”

316.

8” (20 cm.) x 6” x 3”. The wooden box is covered with paper to simulated wood graining and has a glass-enclosed needlework floral design on the lid with decorative papers; the box opens to reveal two intricate cutpaper scenes, one depicting a cherub under garland flanked by two urns and the words “Der Freundschaft Geweiht” (Dedicated to Friendship), and the other features a castle scene with two persons and lavish foliage, surrounded by diamond-point mirrors with gilt paper edge. The lower scene lifts out to reveal compartment below centered by a red velvet pincushion. Excellent condition. Vienna, Biedermeier era, circa 1835. $1200/1500

317.

318.

317. German Porcelain Thimble Holder in the Shape of Lady’s Head 2” (5 cm.) The porcelain bust of a woman with sculpted black hair and wide-bow 316 detail. bonnet with floral decorations, has removable cap at the back of her head for use as thimble holder. Excellent condition except old hairline at the side. Germany, circa 1860. $200/400

318. Two English Needle Cases with Lithographs and Decoupage 4” (10 cm.) x 3” larger, Of heavy card stock, the larger with lithographed scene of children on outside and inside lid, and with mirrored front compartment with needles, and fold-out leaves for additional needle envelopes, with label “cabinet R. No 5472; and small book-shaped needle case with velvet cover and decoupage including “Remember me” motto. Very good condition. England, circa 1880. $200/400

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319. English Miniature Gilt Case with Ruby and Cut Crystal Thread Winder 2 ¼” (6 cm.) l case. A gilt metal round case with beveled glass top and tiny ball feet, has a tufted silk lined interior, and contains a rare crystal and ruby cut glass thread winder. Excellent condition. English, circa 1860. $500/700


320. Three French Figural Sewing Novelties 3 ½” (9 cm.) woman on pedestal. Including a celluloid woman with fan posed on a pedestal with retractable tape measure; a faux-bone clown head as tape measure which rewinds from brass handle at top of his head; and a celluloid umbrella shaped needle case. Excellent condition. French, early 20th century. $300/500

320.

323.

321. Two Mid-1800s French Thimble Holders

321.

1 ½” (4 cm.) Including an ormolu case with claw feet and hinged lid with lithograph under glass of children playing with ducks; and oval gilt metal basket with beveled glass lid containing a silver thimble. Excellent condition. French, circa 1875. $200/400

322. Two English SteelFramed Tape Measures with Animal Head Designs 1 ¼” (3 cm.) Each is of fine polished steel with retractable cloth tape, and with raised brass design on its cover, one of an owl with amber glass 322. eyes, and the other of a cat head with green glass eyes. Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $500/800

323. French Miniature Mother-of-Pearl Necessaire with Gilt Brass Fittings and Original Contents 3” (8 cm.) A mother-of-pearl egg-shaped case has gilt brass fittings and hinges open to a rose silk lining and incised brass liner which has fitted recesses for the tiny original sewing tools including a pair of cobalt blue crystal bottles with silver caps, and a tiny silver scissors, stiletto and thimble

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and pins with cobalt blue heads, Excellent condition. French, circa 1860. $700/900

324. French Gilt Metal Cart as Pincushion Pulled by a Blue Glass Dog

325.

3 ¾” (9 cm.) A gilt metal two wheel cart with velvet pincushion in the cart bed and a gold thimble in the attached ring, is being pulled by a somewhat reluctant pup of opaque blue glass and rhinestone eyes. Excellent condition. French, circa 1890. $600/900

325. Two 19th Century Thread Holders 2” (5 cm.) larger. Including a gilt metal bullet-shaped case, and a silver acorn-shaped design. Excellent condition. Mid-19th century. $200/300


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326.

326. French Sewing Case with Engraved Scene on Lid and Original Set of Silver Tools

326 lid.

6 ½” (17 cm.) x 4”. The flat wooden case with cover image of peaceful lake scene and decorative border, hinges open to reveal mirror on the inside lid with coral edging, and blue velvet lining in the base with fitted recesses for the matched set of six silver sewing tools , and two mother-of-pearl thread winders. Excellent condition, engraving varnish a bit rubbed. French, early 1800s. $900/1300

327. Early 1800s Silver Needle Holders 2” (5 cm.) The pair of cone-shaped silver holders are connected by original silver chain. Excellent condition. Early 1800s. $300/500

328. Late 18th Century Viennese Filigree Silver Bodkin Case 4” (10 cm.) The elaborate filigree bodkin case with silver mounts opens at the center for access to the hollow interior. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1770. $800/1100 327.

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329. English Victorian Silver Knitting Needle Holders in the Shape of Boots 1 ¾” (4 cm.) boot. A matching pair of silver boots with ribbed stockings have hollow tops designed as


knitting needle holders, and are connected by original purple silk gathered ribbon. Excellent condition. English, circa 1875. $300/500

330. Eleven English Silver Thread Winders 1 ½” (4 cm.) Each is a snowflake-motif silver thread winder with different design. Excellent condition. English, early 1800s. $400/500 330.

331. English Silver Piglet as Pincushion

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332.

2” (5 cm.) The silver piglet with chubby body and smiling face has an open top back with purple velvet pincushion. Excellent condition. English, circa 1880. $300/400

332. Austrian Paper Mache Sewing Necessaire with Engraving and Silver Tools

332 lid.

5” (13 cm.) The firm-sided paper mache case has engraving on the lid depicting a garden scene with three persons, a child, and a falcon. The inside is lined with purple velvet and silver tinsel, and contains a set of silver sewing tools in the fitted recesses. Excellent condition. Vienna, circa 1840. $300/500

333. English Silver Knitting Needle Holders in the Shape of Boots 1 ½” (4 cm.) Designed in the shape of ankle boots with fashionable detail, the boots have hollow tops designed to hold knitting needles and are connected by an extended length silver chain. Excellent condition. English, circa 1850. $300/500

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334. Austrian Tape Measure and Thimble in the Shape of a Lidded Stein

334.

1 ½” (4 cm.) Gilded metal stein with relief designs of villagers, has a hinged lid and curved handle, The lid opens for access to the thimble hidden inside, and the printed tape measure pulls out at the side. Excellent condition. Austria, circa 1880. $400/500

337.

335. English Brass “Universal Needle Case” by W. Avery and Son 2 ½” (6 cm.) The brass needle case was presented as the Universal Needle Case and is marked on the top W. Avery & Son. Excellent condition. English, circa 1875. $400/600 335.

336. English Brass Tape Measure in the Shape of Sewing Machine 2” (5 cm.) The brass treadle sewing machine contains a hidden cloth tape measure which is rewound by turned the handle at the side. Excellent condition. England, circa 1875. $300/400

337. Three French Bone Sewing Tools 1” (3 cm.) tape box. Including a tape measure in bone case in the shape of a coffee grinder with cloth tape that rewinds from handle at the top; a carved ivory 336.

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338.

tub with velvet pincushion, and a bodkin case shaped as a folio notebook. Excellent condition. French, mid-1800s. $800/1100

338. English Beaded Glass Bag with Gilt Accordion Frame 5” (13 cm.) Columns of green glass beads form into a bouquet of glass flowers with red centers, and are closed by a brass accordion frame. Excellent condition. English, late 1800s. $300/400


339. Amusing German Porcelain Tape Measure 1 ½” (4 cm.) A porcelain figure in the shape of a man’s head with bald 339. pate, one eye painted side-glancing and the other closed, as though aghast at the metal bug which is crawling on his forehead. Pulling on the bug releases the tape measure which is hidden in his head. Excellent condition. Circa 1900. $400/500

340. English Brass Needle Case in the Shape of a Basket 2 ¼” (6 cm.) The flat-backed basket with 340. slanted hinged lid has impressed basket-weave design, and was designed for use as needle case. Excellent condition. English, circa 1875. $300/500

341.

341. French Bone Sewing Case with Gilt Silver Sewing Tools 4 ½” (11 cm.) Designed as a chest or trunk, the bone case has little ball feet and the lid hinges open to a recessed fitted interior which contains a gilded silver scissors thimble, stiletto and needle case. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $1200/1500

342. French Bone Necessaire with Original Gilt Silver Sewing Tools 4 ½” (11 cm.) The oval-shaped bone case opens to reveal a fitted recessed interior containing gilded silver sewing tools including scissors, needle case, thimble, knife, stiletto and bodkin. Excellent condition. French, circa 1850. $1200/1600 342.

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343. German Sewing Necesaire with Silver Tools Depicting the Stages of a Woman’s Life 7” (18 cm.) x 5” box. The decorative box opens to reveal a matched set of silver sewing accessories that are decorated with scenes from the stages of a woman’s life, such as childhood, courtship, motherhood, old age. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1900. $1700/2500

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344. English Silvered Pincushion in the Shape of a Lady’s Shoe 6” (15 cm.) Of soft metal with brilliant silver finish, and decorated with scenes of cherubic play, the red velvet pincushion is in the shape of fashionable lady’s shoe. Excellent condition. English, circa 1890. $400/600

345. Two Cast Metal Sewing Novelties

343.

6” (15 cm.) figure. Each of cast metal, including a figure of dandy in the 18th century style holding a parasol with pierced holes designed for use as a pin holder; and a large thimbleshaped schnapps tumbler. Excellent condition. Late 19th century. $300/500

346. Early Cast Metal Thimble ¾”. Of cast metal with brass finish, the thimble has incised markings. Very good condition. $150/300

347. Four Miniature Thimbles Each ½”. Of silver metal or brass, the tiny thimbles are preserved in an early box. Mid-1800s. Excellent condition. $200/400 344.

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348. Art Nouveau Silver Sewing Tools in Original Case 5” (13 cm.) x 3 ½”. Contained in the fitted 348. velvet case, is a pure 925 silver scissors, needle case and elaborate thimble with Art Nouveau designs. Excellent condition $400/500

349. Two Novelty Figural Tape Measures

349.

2” (5 cm.) iron. A steel flat iron with wooden handle and bone-tipped winder for retraction of the paper tape measure, along with an alarm clock with retractable cloth tape. Excellent condition. Early 20th century. $200/300

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350. English Late Victorian Teddy Bear with Pincushion Back 3” (8 cm.) A weighted silver teddy bear with jointed arms and legs and muzzle nose has 350. a hollow oval on back with green pincushion. Marked H.V.P Co.and hallmarks. Excellent condition. England, circa 1900. $500/800

351. Viennese Silver Filigree Wool Holder and Figural Thimble Holder 3 ½” (9 cm.) Comprising an elaborately-designed silver filigree wool ball holder in the shape of an apple with attached lead unwinds at the center for placement of wool ball; and silver repousse figure of a mean with well-detailed face, coiffure and costume,

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holding an upper bowl designed for use as thimble holder, with gold lining on bowl and inside woman’s skirt. Excellent condition. Vienna, early 18th century. $500/700

352. German Porcelain Kitten Playing with Pincushion Ball 4 ½” (11 cm.) A white porcelain seated kitten with painted green eyes has open arms which are clasping a large colorful cotton ball which is actually a pincushion. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1890. $300/500


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353. German Porcelain Aladdin Figure Holding a Pincushion Box 3 ½” (9 cm.) A porcelain figure of seated Aladdin, wearing turban, is clasping an oversized box which holds a purple pincushion. Marked Germany. Excellent condition. Circa 1925. $200/300

354. German Porcelain Figure of Little Girl with Pincushion and Thimble Cap 4 ½” (11 cm.) A porcelain figure of a little brown-haired girl is posed holding a yellow basket with purple velvet pincushion lid, and has an orange sculpted top hat in the shape of a thimble, designed for use as a thimble holder (silver enameled thimble with purple flowers is included). Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1930. $300/400

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356. Mid-19th Century Germany Wooden Sewing Box with Castle Scene 13” (33 cm.) x 10” x 5”. The wooden sewing box has very elaborate inlays of exotic burled woods on lid and all four sides, including a castle scene on the center lid, and opens to elaborately-fitted interior with mirror back, and elaborately fitted lift-out tray with lidded compartments with bone knobs, eight wooden thread winders in fitted slots, pencil tray, and fringed velvet pincushion; the tray disguises the hidden love letter section below. Excellent condition. Germany, circa 1850. $800/1100

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355. Toy Sewing Machine and Four Various Pincushions 5” (13 cm.) The metal toy sewing machine has stenciled gilt design on black lacquer finish, and actually works. Along with four various velvet, needlework and beaded pincushions. Excellent condition. Early 20th century. $200/300

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