Enamel painted thimble and bodkin holder
Thimble and bodkin holder. South Staffordshire hand painted enamel, c.1780.
Made in three pieces, thimble which screws onto a tiny compartment with little metal stopper. Probably for scent. That piece slides off to reveal the bodkin case.
The words are in French, this was considered the elegant language to use at the time, 'Fidelle sincere' faithful, sincere. Painted scenes of idyllic pastoral.
Very good condition.