About the Book
Terry Meinke has dedicated the past eleven years to researching Avery style brass needle cases. This second edition of her collector’s guide includes all of the new material uncovered since the original book was published in 2017. It is filled with detailed information including a master list, 285 color photographs and 35 patent drawings. It starts with an introduction that not only defines what makes something an Avery needle case, but also explains the registration process used in the UK during the part of the Victorian Era (1867-1897) when these items were produced. All of the needle manufacturers, designers/patentees and licensees/agents involved with these needle cases are covered as is the history of when and by whom the individual designs were created. Other topics include: the origin of W. Avery and Son and 19th century descriptions of the company, variations in designs, missing pieces and replaced parts, a chart showing which designs are the rarest and which are the most common, and a discussion of the factors that influence their value today. A comprehensive bibliography documenting all of the sources used in the book’s preparation is included.