Superb and Rare French Wooden Cabinet with Child's Needlework Samples,c. 1860

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14" (36 cm.) cabinet. 11" x 9" cards. A wooden mahogany cabinet with hinged drop font and shelved interior contains 29 heavy-stock cards that are covered with decorative papers and borders; each card exhibiting a sample of a child's needlework along with an artistically designed card labeling the sample that is being shown. The samples include lace work,embroidery work,mending,table covers,linens,and,of particular note: four sample cards of doll-sized nightwear or undergarments; three sample cards of woven footwear,caps,or purses; a sample card labeled"tablier soutache" displaying an aqua silk apron with cream soutache embroidery; and a sample card displaying a superb sky-blue silk taffeta dress with tulle sous-sleeves and blue soutache embroidery. Excellent condition,some dustiness to cards,original key is included. French,circa 1860.
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