HI, I think that hinge top etuis in Britain had largely ceased to be made by about 1830 and wood cases had become more common, even for smaller sets. Etuisweymouthdavid
Etui is just French for case, and shagreen derives from the French word chagrin and can refer to either a shark or ray skin leather (or in earlier times tocollectingken
The black fishskin/sharkskin cases were less expensive and most navigators sets were black sharkskin. Ray skin (shagreen) was used on better sets. From:dveret
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