Gay Ann Rodgers published a wonderful book .This is a great source of information and fascinating to read.
There is a website you should look at :
Here you will find miniature etuis( small decorative containers popular in the second half of the 19th century) as well as other beautiful tools. A few of my favorites are the Quaker pincushion , a tartan tape measure and a miniature walnut etui holding a pair of tiny scissors, red scent bottle , a silver thimble and needle case. I often wonder about the items I have and the stories behind them- who used them , what did the ladies talk about when they were stitching together , what were they stitching and how did they come to end up in the shop I purchase them from? If only these items could tell their stories!
Just to test you a little - do you know what this is?
One of my lovely customers sent a picture to me and asked me to identify it for her. So look for the answer coming soon on this blog. But I don't want to give it away until you have a chance to look.