Art Nouveau sterling handled darning egg. Circa 1900. There was a time when people repaired holes in their socks rather than throwing them out and replacing them. To darn socks one needed to hold a darning egg inside the sock to expand the sock and provide a surface for the needle. This is a very nice Art Nouveau darning egg with an ornate repousee handle and an ebonized wood egg. It is marked sterling on both sides of the handle near the egg.
It is 6 inches (15.5 cm) long and 2 inches (5.5 cm) at its widest point. It is in excellent condition.
The handle has not been polished because some people prefer the look of the aged patina.
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