18th Century Continental Etui For Sale
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18th Century Continental Etui


Crafted in the resplendent Rococo taste is this 18th-century gilt metal étui. Topped by a charming cherub figure, this wonderful case was most likely used to hold sewing necessities, which could be accessed with the press of a button to open the lid. Named from the Old French word “estuier,” meaning “to keep or hold,” an étui is a very versatile item. These ornamental cases could be made of any material, from precious metals like gold or silver to exotic materials such as tortoiseshell or shagreen. Though many were used for more clandestine reasons, some also served the most practical purpose of holding small items such as sealing wax for letters, scissors, thimbles, bodkins and needles, cosmetics and even a doctor’s lancet. Mid 18th-Century 4 3/4" length


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  • Date of Manufacture
    Mid 18th Century
  • Period
    18th Century
  • Metal
  • Condition
  • Dimensions
    W .69 in. x D .69 in.W 17.53 mm x D 17.53 mm
  • Length
    4.75 in. (120.65 mm)
  • Seller Location
    New Orleans, LA
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