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Fob, Date: late 18th century Culture: European Medium: linen, silk, metal, glass

This wonderful little etui measures just 1" x 1 1/2" x 2 3/4" high. It is made of a gilded metal (brass, I think) and is hand engraved with birds, flowers and paired hearts. So, perhaps it was meant to be a gift from a young gentleman for his lady. The tools inside include tiny scissors (just 2 1/4"), bodkin/earspoon, stiletto, pencil topper and tweezers/file. I believe it to be late 18th century.

Chatelaine with calendar Date: probably late 18th century Culture: French Medium: Steel, enameled gold Classification: Metalwork Credit Line: Gift of Joseph G. Reinis, 2011

Nécessaire Date: first quarter 18th century Culture: German (probably Augsburg) Medium: Wood veneered with tortoiseshell and gold; implements of glass, ivory, and gold Dimensions: 3 x 3-1/4 x 2 in. (7.6 x 8.3 x 5.1 cm)

"18th century Georgian Silver Etui Necessaire, circa 1760. The front and back of the tapering case richly decorated with various musical instruments amidst a foliage and stippled background. The interior is fitted with 11 original implements, including fork, 2 knives, measure ruler, scissors, ivory leaves, snuff spoon, tweezers, file, needle threader.; one compartment vacant, presumably for pencil."

1770's Tortoise Shell Etui w/Inlaid Silver Design

A sixteenth-century Mexican or Flemish silver-gilt and rock-crystal pendant depicting a skull wearing an imperial crown, with crossbones and a cross beneath. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

set of antique thimbles - 19th and 18th century - instant collection - secret histories. $65.00, via Etsy.

16th Century Iron Key