Victorian pin holder
I opened the holder and the ribbons frayed when I touched them. A cardboard folder with pin heads sticking up was inside.
Under the front fold I found this announcement:
TOILET PIN MAKERS TO HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA
By virtue of the authority to me given, I do hereby nominate and appoint Messrs D.F. Tayler and Company, to be patent solid headed pin manufacturers in ordinary to her Majesty. They are to have and enjoy all the rights profits privileges and advantages to the said place belonging, during my will and pleasure, and for the same this shall be sufficient warrant, given under my hand this twelfth day of August1837 in the first year of her Majesty’s reign. H. Sutherland, mistress of the robes.
It appears that the company continued manufacturing pins up through 1873. They won prize medals in 1851, 1862, 1869, and 1873 according to the backside of the cardboard folder.