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Treasure! (pardon my addition to the title, ‘egg eyed’ was too much to resist.)

 

 

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A little impulse buy recently- two tiny tin boxes with typographic markings. this one measures just 46 x 32 x 13mm as was empty…

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This one was a little larger at 64 x42 x 15mm and contained needles, not drawing pins…

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and a tiny little envelope too…

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A little basic internet research came up with the following (via rootsweb.ancestry.com)

Name: Solomon SHRIMPTON, Sex: Male, Birth: 25 April 1784 in Long Crendon, Bucks., England
Occupation: Needle Maker, employing 11 men (1851)

This advertisement appeared in the Illustrated London News dated Saturday, February 2, 1856,
and subsequent editions, read as follows:

SHRIMPTON & HOOPER’S GRADUATED GROOVELESS NEEDLES.

“Lieut.-Col. Phipps has received the commands of His Royal Highness the Prince Albert to thank Messrs. Shrimpton and Hooper for the very curious specimens of the perfection to which has been brought the art of making the eyes of needles.- Buckingham Palace, July 18, 1851.”

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