Vintage Carved Needle Case / Etui with Thimble Cap, Storage, Needles

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Wonderful early vintage needle container (etui), with an elaborately hand-carved body, and a thimble for the cap. Threaded to twist open and closed. Length: 2 1/8″. Some light age/surface wear. Circa 1920s-1930s, ie the Bakelite era, and while I don’t have simichrome to test right now, it does possibly have the *sound* of Bakelite, to my ear.

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Saltwater Notions is an online emporium filled with all sorts of antique and vintage treasures. With a central focus on goods connected to the history of textiles and fashion, the shop is stocked with everything from antique and vintage lace, ribbons, trims, buttons, beads, and other haberdashery goods, to antique clothing, accessories, linens, and jewelry. 19th century and early 20th century fashion magazines, historical needlework books, catalogs, illustrations, and other antiquarian ephemera are also among the shop’s specialties. Elena is a textile artist who fell in love with history.

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Online emporium of antique and vintage treasures including lace, ribbons, trims, buttons, beads, and other haberdashery goods.

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