Antique Chinese Needle Case/ Asian Bone Etui / Very Old Etched Scrimshaw Bovine Needle Case from China

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Made of bone (probably ox or water buffalo), this rare and unusual needle case was hand made. It is very old, pre 1910 and is etched with birds and foliage and stained to look like wood. There are plugged holes at each end which open to reveal 5 handmade and very old handmade needles. One has a broken tip. On the top side there are 2 carved loops so it could be strung on a cord to be worn around the neck for easy access.

Sewing needles were hard to come by and were considered valuable tools, and so cases were specifically designed and made to protect and safeguard them. The special needle holder would then hang from a belt or from a button on a woman's dress while she sewed a garment or piece of embroidery.

This etui is in good condition considering its age. The ends fit snugly (and because hand made only fit one way). The stain is coming off in places, revealing the bone beneath (photo 7). It measures 7" long inclusive of handles and 1 1/4" wide exclusive of loops. ((18 x 3 cm). A real Chinese antique collectible, it will foster discussion, though I do not anticipate you actually using it for sewing.

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Preparation takes 3-5 business days
Arrives from Canada
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Though I live in Canada, I ship most of my orders via USPS. This is because it allows me to charge you much less (sometimes even for back to Canada!) for shipping and the time involved is usually less. American orders will always have a tracking number. This service is also available to certain countries. If you want your parcel insured, you must convo me and pay for the added security. Once I send you a tracking number, if the parcel disappears overseas, I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PACKAGES LOST IN THE MAIL..

Items are packed and shipped out within five business days of payment, but please keep in mind that purchases will be shipped on weekdays only. This delay is because I cannot cross the border to mail, without experiencing customs issues of my own, but I still feel the much faster and less costly shipping is worth the delay to you.

U.S. orders usually arrive within 3-5 days. Orders to Canada generally take 1-2 weeks to arrive. International orders generally take 2-3 weeks BUT in rare situations (especially at Christmas time) a shipment to Europe and Australia has taken as long as 8 weeks. Please be patient. If my shipping information log shows that the item disappeared once it was overseas, I have fulfilled my part of the transaction, and am not financially liable. If you order from an international destination, it is assumed that you have read these conditions.

AT PERIODS OF THE YEAR WHEN SHIPPING VOLUME IS HIGH, i.e. FROM BLACK FRIDAY ON, please consult the shipping times posted on my main page. This is to avoid the disappointment of late arrival at, for example, Christmas.

INTERNATIONAL BUYERS: PLEASE NOTE. There may be additional customs and import taxes to pay, and there maybe unforeseen customs delays. I, as the seller,am not responsible for these charges or delays. I have automatically saved these fees for American customers (though I must pay EXPORT FEES at the border, myself). ETSY sellers have no control over the customs charges in buyers' respective countries. These may be high, especially in UK, from the experience some of my customers have reported.

At times, I underestimate the cost of shipping. This is my problem and you will not be charged more. At other times, the cost of the shipping estimated is slightly higher than it turned out to be. I am considering these costs as shipping and handling, i.e. the cost of the mailing materials and the cost of gas to get the 19 km. to the American Post Office. Unless the discrepancy is very large, I will not make any shipping adjustments.

Please contact me prior to purchase if you have any questions regarding these shipping arrangements.


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Look closely at all the photos, and read the descriptions carefully. If there is a flaw, I point it out in the description. If you are unhappy with your order, because it arrives damaged or is significantly different than what was described, refunds and exchanges are available under the conditions listed below.
Refunds will not be issued, if on the other hand, you decide that you did not want the item for no significant reason.

-a photo must be provided of the "broken" article.
-Items must be returned within 16 days of receipt.
-Items must be returned in the same condition in which they were received.
-Your initial shipping costs for returned items will be refunded, if the item arrived damaged.
-Returned items are shipped at the buyers expense.

I have a secret mark on some of my items to assure that the returned item is the one I have sent. This is because I have been burnt in the past, though such an event was very rare. On the whole, Etsy shoppers are a marvelous bunch.

Additional policies

I am a single person selling alone, and cannot provide any custom nor wholesale requests. HOWEVER, should you find several items that you are interested in purchasing, please convo me for a more attractive price.