A pocket sized case in use in the 18th and 19th century, usually with a hinged lid, made to store household and personal items such as sewing implements, perfume and writing sets. They were mostly made of silver, ivory, bone, hardstone, gold or enamel.and the interior is usually moulded with individual slots to accommodate each item. Their purpose was similar to a necessaire. A necessaire was designed to sit on a dressing table, and so is usually larger than an etui which was designed to be portable.
Collecting sewing implements and accessories can be a fascinating hobby that allows one to explore the history of sewing and the evolution of sewing tools and techniques. The collection can range from antique sewing machines and vintage scissors to thimbles and pin cushions.
One of the most popular sewing implements collected is the sewing machine, which has a long history dating back to the early 19th century. Antique sewing machines are highly prized by collectors and can be found in a variety of styles and designs, ranging from simple hand-cranked models to ornate Victorian machines.
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