Silver needle case, China
Antique silver needle case pendant which was worn hanging from the belt or the shoulder. From South West China.
From the early 20th Century.
High-grade silver (+800) acid tested.
Embroidering was a very important activity in China for women during the Qing Dynasty, and they always carried their embroidery needles in a case made of bamboo and wood for lower class women and silver for upper-class women.
This example here is finely worked with embossed decoration and in perfect condition.
The silver container itself is approx 7 cm high (2,75 in).
The total length of the chain is 63 cm (24,8 in)
Weight: 103 gr
“Four centuries of Silver. Personal adornment in the Qing Dynasty and after”, Duda, Margaret, Times Editions, Singapore, 2002