c1890 carved bone swirling leaves needle case SOLD

Circa 1890 cow or ox bone needlecase features an intricately carved swirling leaf pattern that wraps around case. It measures about 3″ high with lovely details.

There are some issues with the condition, which the price reflects. One half has two cracks, one short and hairline-fine, the other larger, longer and more visible. The case is still very sturdy and can be used– the screw closure works very well and the cracks appear stable and unlikely to increase. The cracks are much less noticeable when the case is closed. The case has some dark yellowish discoloration, mostly confined to one side; I suspect it may have been caused by exposure to heat.