This is a wonderfully detailed silver needle case which was worn hanging from the belt. It has it's original long leather thong and silk tassel. Each side of the silver case has a central stone bead...one coral, one turquoise. The sides of the case (not pictured) have incised cloud/wave pattern. When opened, the case has copper with fabric arm to hold the needles.
For indigenous and nomadic people, needles were an essential and valuable tool for survival of daily life. Because they were not easily replaced, the lost of a needle would be considered a serious problem. For this reason, the needle case was an important item.
The silk tassel is really dirty. With that exception, this piece is in beautiful condition. The silver ornament is 1.75 inches at the widest point. It alone is 3.5 inches long...tassle addes another 8" and the leather thong is 18 inches..