An etui

At Market Lavington Museum, we have this delightful little etui, given by a former resident of the village and dating from the early twentieth century.

The small, patterned metal case has an eye hook at one end. It could have been attached to a chain and worn round the neck or hung from a belt, so that its contents would be to hand when needed. For the etui can be pulled open to expose a little sewing kit.

The wooden spool has three lengths of coloured threads wrapped around it and a little metal lid at the top. This can be opened to access a sewing needle and safety pin.

Pretty and practical, it’s another of the little treasures in our museum collection.

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