PORTRAIT MINIATURES, OBJECTS OF VERTU, SILVER & PLATE Sale 5261 Christie's, London, South Kensington 10 July 2007
Lot 0669: A silver-gilt and enamel thimble; Norwegian, twentieth century; the sides with enamelled Viking longboat in a mountainous seascape, with moonstone top; 1 inch (2.5 cm.) high; and a further parcel-gilt Scandinavian thimble, the rim enamelled with white dot decoration below a green crown effect, with mother-of-pearl top; 7/8 inches (2.2 cm.) high. Estimate: £200-250.
Update: Sold for £240, plus fees, etc..
Lot 1800: A wooden sewing box, circa 1840; rectangular with inlaid tulip motif to the lid and metal feet, opening to reveal a set of gilt metal sewing tools including needlecase, scent bottle, stiletto, scissors, four mother of pearl thread winders, thimble and bodkin all in fitted tray of purple velvet, lifting to reveal a storage compartment lined in ivory moiré. Estimate: £500-700.
Update: Sold for £240 (hmm...), plus fees, etc..
Lot 0668: A collection of various thimbles; Various nationalities; including many Scandinavian enamelled examples; a 14ct. gold example; and several Mexican examples, some with applied wirework decoration (a lot). Estimate: £300-400.
Update: Sold for £660, plus fees, etc..
Lot 0705: A musical wooden sewing box; French, circa 1850; In the form of a piano, opening to reveal a part sewing set comprising: a pair of pair of mother-of-pearl handled scissors, a needlecase, a stiletto, a mother-of-pearl thimble and a glass scent bottle, the tray lifting to reveal various sewing oddments including three ivory needlecases, with single piece comb playing two air movement. Estimate: £300-400.
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