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OK girls! (and some boys!) A couple of weeks ago I made a promise to explain something about this set. In the late 18th century it was very fashionable for aristocratic ladies to unpick the gold and silver threads from costumes. A hobby for the rich and titled!! Parfilage, or drizzling, was not only practiced on old garments! The story go’s that uniforms being ravaged while the owner was still wearing it….(text MvdF) Fancy Scissors, 16Th Century, France Source, Scissors Thimbles Antiques
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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."
#6086 Miniature Etui Miniature Etui - 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. Believed to be late 18th century.
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)