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This type of set would have been only for the very well-to-do among Grand Tour travelers, and likely was purchased originally from the boutiques of the old Richelieu Palace (Palais Royal) which was a grand center of commerce of luxury goods, theater, dining for the Royals and elite of Europe and the world at the time this item would have been made. We have no idea who its first owner was, sadly, but it is certain from that era, the quality and expense associated with a solid gold embroidery set would have excluded at least 99% of the persons alive in that time. The rare complete set of c.1840-50 French sewing implements still in their case, and all matching originals of the 18k yellow gold set - we almost never find these complete down to the inclusion of the gold bodkin, but here is one we're so pleased to offer. The case is typical of those of the early 1800s and the eagle's head mark can be clearly seen on each of the gold items in the set (we've enlarged it to show on the listing photos). The French eagle's head is their control or guarantee mark in use since 1838 and required to be present in all items made of 18k solid gold. The handle to our scissors, the entire needle case and thimble, the handle for the old stiletto and the bodkin in this set are all 18k gold. Since there's really no way to get a weight here that doesn't include the steel parts of the scissors and stiletto, please don't ask us the weight. The set isn't valued as potential for melt, after all, but as a thrilling and nearly 200 year old antique work of needlecraft artistry created in exceptionally fine form by a goldsmith in Paris who lived about 8-10 generations ago. A splendid set, a rather uniquely decorated wooden etui, all in fine form.
Very good to excellent, nearest to excellent, really. The set is complete, is perfectly fitted to the original case which houses it, and is guaranteed 18k yellow gold. No breaks, no dents or damage. Thimble looks to have been slightly out of round in our photos, but was simple to return to full round form so will be perfectly fine for our buyer. A really superb set in all ways. The case or etui is also in fine form. This set would appear to have been a well-treasured heirloom and appears not to have been used much if at all. Exterior and interior are both superb. The case has a gold cartouche with a monogram, and otherwise is decorated to almost resemble the old shagreen leather cases, though it is not shagreen. An interesting and rather uniquely beautiful case.
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