An antique intricately turned and carved needle holder, made out of a natural substance, possibly cow or chicken bone.
The top unscrews to reveal the aperture in the main body. The finial at the top is pierced and we believe that this might either be for a thread of silk to be passed through it, or was formerly a Stanhope (with the view no longer present).
The needle holder or case has been cleaned, but might benefit from further more expert cleaning. There is a black stain on part of the top, which might possibly be ink. Whatever it is, we have been unable to remove it. There is a hairline crack through the top which we have tried to show in the photographs, but this does not appear to affect the soundness of the top.
The needle case or holder measures approximately 4in from the top of the finial to the base and is about 0.5in in diameter. Weighs over 11g. Exact age unknown but believed to date from the early part of last century, or before that.
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