c1893 carved tagua nut vegetable ivory thimble case SOLD!
Made for the 1893 World’s Fair held in Chicago, this lovely egg-form thimble case was intricately carved from Tagua nut or “vegetable ivory,” which is actually the fruit of a palm tree. The carving resembles rows of overlapping circles, each one about the size of a 3mm sequin. It’s polished to a high luster and shows virtually no sign of wear or use.
The condition is excellent with no chips or dings, no cracks and the threaded closure screws easily and securely. The Stanhope viewer is intact and the image is clear– “Bird’s Eye View of the World’s Columbian Exhibition Chicago 1893.” The egg measures about 3″ long and 1-3/4″ across at the widest point.