So rare to find one of these with the matching original outer protective presentation case with it, and subsequently to find it in such superb condition, as well. The fine old toroise shell in rich and elegantly shined, unwarped and perfect to use for your glasses, or for an evening bag if you so choose. Not fitted out inside, you can use it for a variety of purposes, not the least of which is just to display and thrill over it. The monogram is beautifully accomplished in script, and is "A A" matching the outer case. The interior cartouche, however, is 18k gold (unmarked, but tested). We are quite certain this is a French mid-1800s case.
Very good to excellent condition, one 1" long hairline almost looks like it's more a flaw to the original shell than damage, but we will point it out for your review. A superb case, beautifully housed in its original outer box. Measurements noted on our photos.
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.