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    Posted 5 years ago

    Rosebank
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    Impressive Mid 19th century Chinese Lacquer Sewing Box with a Large Collection of Original Cow Bone & Other Tools .

    Decorated throughout in black & gold gilt lacquer with chinoiserrie scenes of oriental figures in landscapes of pavilions & pagodas.

    The central panel to the lid also depicts islands & a Chinese junk boat on water. This is surrounded with a trellis border with iron red foliate scroll decoration.

    The casket shaped box has drop side handles & is of rectangular / octagonal form with a domed lid and stands on four balled feet. The interior has a lift out top tray with storage compartments with decorated lift out lids.

    There is a lower draw beautifully fitted for silk painting with hinged lid and this can be kept in a raised position by two side adjustable wooden supports.

    The box measures approx 14" x 10" x 6" & retains a good selection of its original tools, the thread barrels being exceptionally well carved with bird motifs. There is also a large array of other sewing implements including a lovely rare cowry shell tape measure

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    Comments

    1. Jewels Jewels, 5 years ago
      This is wonderful!
    2. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 5 years ago
      It reminds me a little of my box:
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/110021-chinese-leather-box
    3. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      What a lovely box. So nice that you have the little key! Solves another little mystery for me, as I have a few tiny keys like this and wondered what they belonged to.

      Those crochet hooks also look interesting. Old hooks are collectible.
    4. Jewels Jewels, 5 years ago
      Hi, would you share the cowrie shell tape measure? Sounds cool!
    5. Rosebank, 5 years ago
      I had not really thought about them being hooks, I was wondering whether they were a lace bobbin? I have a friend who is an avid crocheter, I think I will show them to her see what she can make of them
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      Ah yes, well the pic is small and they looked like hooks but could be something else entirely. :)
    7. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Woaah! I'm drooling from envy!!!
      All I coveted on EBay went for too much...
      Your's is so well preserved and complete!

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