A magnificent gift set, all original from the leather covered wood etui or hinged case, to the elegant and perfectly preserved holder within. Finest carved ivory and 18k gold holder for cheroot or regular sized typical cigarette (eagle's head profile French guarantee marks, 18k gold). Finest quality, and it seems to have ever been put to use. Clean, no bite marks at the mouthpiece, no dents to the gold and no damage to the old case. Light in weight, perfect for a lady to tuck into her purse, or a man to tuck into a vest pocket. Full measurements are noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, this would date c.1890-1920s. There's really nothing to report by way of a flaw, appears to have never been used. 18k gold band and cartouche are undamaged, no dents. There is no monogram on the cartouche. The French guarantee mark for 18k gold is the profile of eagle's head. No way to weigh the gold, but these are not super-thin - the French luxury sets never were.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.