Antique Gold Inlaid Shell Knotting/Tatting Shuttle in Shagreen Case * Circa 1780

AntiqueInlaid Shell Knotting/Tatting Shuttle in Shagreen Case

French * Circa 1780

This museum quality knotting shuttle was used for making a knotted trim popular with French and English ladies between 1750 and 1800. This one is made of beautifully patterned natural shell with a lovely old patina. Both sides are inlaid with ornate floral designs in solid silver and red and yellow gold (tests 18 Kt).

One side has an old repair that's been reinforced with a steel plate to the inside. It's very well done and is sturdy and solid. The condition is otherwise excellent. It measures 5 1/4" long by 1 1/2" wide and is in the original case covered with shagreen (shark or ray skin). The case is in great condition with no loss of shagreen and it's lined in the original velvet. One side is decorated with six little gold studs that test 18 Kt.

It was bought from the estate of Sylvia Groves and this is the piece that was photographed in plate 136, opposite p. 96 in her book The History of Needlework Tools and Accessories . The postage shown includes Registered shipping for non US addresses and insured shipping within the US.

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