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ETUI

Etui (a French word) is a small case made in different materials such as wood, leather, ivory, silver, gold, tortoise shell, mother of pearl or shagreen.

They are variously shaped and decorated and mounted with gilt hinges and collars.

etui, circa 1790



The cases are fitted with miniature implements for:
- a woman's daily use (scissors, bodkins, tweezers, thimble, pencil, ivory writing tablet, etc.)
- doctor's medical instruments (as bleeding knives)
- travelers sets (small folding knife, fork and spoon), known also as 'gentlemen etui'
- perfume bottles (often with their funnel).

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