c1915 sewing box with tortoiseshell Bakelite sewing & manicure tools
Early 20th century cased sewing and grooming tools set featuring Bakelite “tortoiseshell” handles on metal implements. Tools included are a tiny crochet hook, a stiletto, a button hook, a bodkin, two bladed cuticle knives, a manicure scissors and two thread winders. The thimble is very lightweight and slightly misshapen, probably not original to the set. All other tools are in very good condition, the scissors has some darkening and discoloration. No markings of any kind.
The case measures about 9-1/2″ long by 6-1/2″ deep and 1-3/4″ high. It’s made of a heavy pressed paperboard covered with a woodgrain printed paper. It has a brass lock and hinges, but does not close securely and one hinge has detached from the lid. The case is worn with some damage particularly along the edges.
The inside is velvet covered with loops to hold the tools in place, and accented with gathered brown silk and twisted cords. Inside the lid is a mirror.