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  • Place of origin:

    Germany (made)

  • Date:

    1680-1699 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Steel with silver openwork

  • Museum number:

    450:1, 2-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Silver, Room 69, The Whiteley Galleries, case 21 []

An étui is a small ornamented case fitted with miniature implements for a woman’s daily use. They might include items such as scissors, bodkins, needles, a thimble, a tiny knife, a pencil, or an ivory writing tablet. Etuis were worn in Europe from the 17th to the 19th centuries. This example is in the form of a graduated rectangle with a detachable lid in silver floral openwork.

Physical description

Steel etui in the form of a graduated rectangle with detachable lid with a pair of loops possibly for a chain, encased in silver floral openwork.

Place of Origin

Germany (made)


1680-1699 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Steel with silver openwork


Height: 2.7 cm, Length: 8.9 cm

Object history note

Purchase - (£1.10.1) Heilbronner, Munich (12/09/1882)

Descriptive line

Etui with detachable lid, steel encased in silver floral openwork, Germany, 1680-1699

Labels and date

Silver Gallery:
Steel etui with detachable lid, encased in silver floral openwork. Similar etuis were used for sewing equipment. [26/11/2002]


Steel; Silver



Subjects depicted

Floral patterns




Metalwork Collection

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