Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Remarkably unscathed by time, I see only the most minor and normal signs of age to this type of item, but one tiny tiny bug bite - hard to see and was harder to capture in a photo, apparently since I don't see where it is to point it out. Suffice to say, it's quite innocuous, but bears a little mention. The hinged mechanism, delightfully visible through the semi- transparent and beautifully polished shell, is spring-loaded so it holds tightly closed and is released with the pushbutton, visible in our images. A large 18k cartouche with monogram, and pique stars, all intact and well-set. Look it over - isn't it a fabulous item! c. 1850-80s. Superb!
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. We do hold a valid USFWS license, as well, for import/export, but additional time is required for export, and we are not exporting at this time.