Seller: elegant.arts (20,708) 100%, Location: Midlothian, Virginia, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 253952993688 Antique Cased English Mother of Pearl Sewing Set Sterling Silver Thimble * Circa 1860s This extensive antique English necessaire is a special one for several reasons. The matching mother of pearl handled tools are very high quality and in a pattern I've never seen. Prince of Wales feathers are carved at the top of the handles. There's a mother of pearl handled stiletto, button hook, file and double bladed penknife, a matching set of 3 steel scissors, a steel bodkin and a sterling silver thimble. All of the tools are in great condition with no chips, rust or other damage. The scissors are 5 5/8" and 3 7/8" long with one of the small pairs being for buttonholes. They all have tight blades, intact points and cut beautifully. The tall sterling silver thimble (tested) has a wide 14 paneled band with a variety of engraved designs on the panels. It's also in nice condition with no holes, dents or other damage. It is about an American size 7/8 (14.9 mm diameter opening). The case is made of wood and covered with leather. It looks like alligator or crocodile skin, but I can't tell if it really is or just embossed to look like it. It has the original fitted silk velvet interior. It is in great condition inside and out and closes with push button clasp. It measures 7 3/4" by 4 3/4". The tools all look to be original to the set and fit perfectly. Prince of Wales feathers often appear on commemorative items of all sorts during the birth of a Prince of Wales. Queen Victoria's son Edward was born in 1841, too early for a set of this style. His son, George, was born in 1865 and it could well be from that date. I stand behind everything that I offer and guarantee that it is exactly as presented. ** Full Insurance is included in the low shipping price for all of my auctions. ** I accept payment through PayPal, eBay or a check. Join with others who love thimbles & needlework tools Join Thimble Collectors International Despite the name, this organization is for people who collect needlework tools And thimbles. It's the largest collectors group in the world focusing on these wonderful little pieces of history. The membership benefits are outstanding. They have a convention every two years where you'll have a chance to attend great programs and meet others sharing your interests. You will receive an excellent quarterly magazine, the "Bulletin". The member's sections of the website have dozens of research articles, hundreds of fake and repro items to beware of and price guides. There is also a chat room where you can ask questions and get expert feedback about your collection. Check them out today at thimblecollectors dot com. Condition: Excellent condition. Please be sure to scroll down to see the description and larger photos.