This little needle book was an advertising piece for Nugent’s Department Store in St. Louis Missouri, in the early 1900’s. The small trifold needle book is covered in green faux reptile on the front and back boards and the interior board is covered with a green faux leather that is imprinted in gold “Compliments of Nugent’s St. Louis.” The three interior panels where the needles were housed are lined with green watermarked taffeta. The needles were products of Kirby, Beard & Co. Ltd. of Birmingham and Redditch, England.
The closed needle book measures 4 1/8 x 2 3/4 inches. There is a thin, green ribbon handle that is threaded through the back cover. There is minor wear to be edges and corners of the book and there are no needles in the case. Condition is quite good for its age and the fact that it was used as it is empty of needles.
Nugent’s was first established in St. Louis, Missouri in 1873 and gradually expanded in the city to a large downtown complex of buildings by 1914. Nugent’s operated under a low price, mass merchandising plan, much like the big box stores of today. Nugent's was bought by National Departments Stores in 1923 and liquidated in 1933.