1850s “Lady’s Companion” book-form Etui with Sterling accessories
1850’s “Lady’s Companion” is an etui or sewing kit cased in a book-form embossed and gilded box, including scissors and other tools, plus a glass perfume bottle. The outer box is 4-1/2″ high, 2-1/2″ deep and 1-3/4″ wide, covered in decorative paper with a leatherette finish; the lift-off top reveals several fitted compartments holding the accessories.
There is a 3-1/4″ scissors and two lace-making tools in a leather sheath; a 2-3/4″ clear glass perfume bottle with a screw-top that covers a glass stopper (you can still smell the scent!), a thimble, a curved-tip bodkin, a tape measure and three packets of Victoria needles. Only the thimble is hallmarked (JF) but all tools test as sterling. The deep repoussé floral patterns vary slightly but all pieces appear original to the set.
Condition is generally very good; scissors handles are slightly loose and would benefit from being tightened; surface of the case has expected soil and light wear. The case closes snugly. There is some discoloration of the silk of the tape measure near the metal end, most likely from an attempt to polish the silver.