stamped: over one end: "KIRBY BEARD & Co. / BEST ENGLISH / 50 / NEEDLES / LONDON & REDDITCH"
stamped: over opposite end: ""JAHNCKE'S / PATENT / MITRAILLEUSE / NEEDLE CASE"
Cylindrical needle case of rolled sheet metal. The flat ends are capped with brass.
Patented to a manufacturer of metal boxes, Ernest Jahncke, of Canonbury Works, London. Originally contained 100 needles in five sizes. Jahncke made numerous small metal boxes for various purposes, including a number of other needle working tools. "Mitrailleuse" refers to the resemblance between the packed needle case and contemporary long barreled military volley guns.
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