Étui case

The case is open revealing the handle of the knife.

Gold and agate, probably made in France, about 1760

Étuis are decorative cases made to hold small personal items, such as needles, scissors and thimbles. In the 18th century, women carried them in their pockets or on a chain at the waist.

The mounts of these examples are decorated with the C-shaped scrolls of the Rococo style.

Given by Joseph Mayer|, 1867