French circa 1830 sewing box made from olivewood with edges cross-banded in rosewood. A design on top of the lid with Boulle inlay marquetry of rosewood, brass and mother-of-pearl with a central brass plaque in a scrolled floral design. The inside lid is lined with a purple/blue padded satin while the fitted compartments are lined with a purple/blue silk velvet all are further enhanced with a white scrolled trim. Fitted with original tools of: 4 olivewood spools, a fitted silk velvet padded needle/pin cushion, 2 compartments that have tops that lifts off and steel carved tools of: thimble, needle case, bodkin and a very unique crochet hook with four different hooks that thread onto the handle. The whole top draw lifts out to reveal a space underneath for holding perhaps apiece the seamstress may be working on. This box comes with the original key to the lock and brass fittings.
The olive tree is not cut down for boxes such as this but made from the pruning of the tree that is essential to its growth.
Size: WIDTH: 9¾ in | HEIGHT: 4 in | DEPTH: 7 in pic
Condition: Three of the tools are missing and ever so slight rub in one other spot on top but not as noticeable. Back left corner has a small crack otherwise in wonderful condition for its age, a box any needle worker would be proud to own.
|9 3/4 in