Étui

Named from the Old French word "estuier," meaning "to keep or hold," an étui is a very versatile item. These ornamental cases could be made of any material, from precious metals like gold or silver, to exotic materials such as tortoiseshell or shargreen, or shark's skin. Though many were used for more clandestine reasons, some also served the more practical purpose of holding small items such as scissors, thimbles, bodkins and needles, makeup pencils and even a doctor's lancet.
Swiss Gold & Enamel Etui

Swiss Gold & Enamel Etui

Louis XVI Tri-Colored Gold Étui

Louis XVI Tri-Colored Gold Étui

18th-Century French Gold & Enamel Étui

18th-Century French Gold & Enamel Étui