My mum used to have a sweet little pin pot when I was a kid but I hadn't seen it for donkey's years. When we were clearing out the house I thought that we might find it but alas no sign of it.
I spotted this on Ebay so had to have it, there was some dosh in my Paypal Account so I left a bid.
The silver writing has a London hallmark for 1902 with the makers mark for Casimer Widmer & Sons of St Johns Street, Clerkenwell, London, the box itself is ivorine which is an early plastic (celluloid) but it has the appearance of ivory. Much more elephant friendly.
Not sure it if was for sewing pins (I like to think so) but more likely for an elegant lady's hair pins. Put a bobbin so that you can see what size it is. Cute.
It is very delicate as the ivorine is so finely made so it will be easy to break which probably explains what happened to Mum's. Think that I will just look at it rather than use it. Wouldn't want to break something that is 113 years old.