Antique Needlework Tools and Sewing
FRENCH EARLY 19TH CENTURY MOTHER-OF-PEARL TAPE MEASURE 1" (3 cm.) Box-shaped with little ball feet and mother-of- pearl panels edged with gilt paper and having gilt lettering ?Souvenir" and letter ?K" along with accent designs,containing a silk tape measure with hand-inked numbers,and with handle at the top for re-winding. French,early 19th century.
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Here is an early 20th century figural sewing tape measure shaped like a violin, possibly a cello or bass. Beautiful patina, tan / camel color / ivory color with a wonderful "grain" in the plastic. I believe it could be bakelite -- certainly feels less brittle than celluloid. 3-1/2 inches tall. 2 inches at the widest point. The fabric measuring tape is in excellent condition and re-rolls with minimal effort. It extends to about 36-1/2 inches.