From the Napoleon III era or slightly before (c.1850-70s) comes a magnificently well preserved cigar case in opulently mottled cognac to chocolate tortoise shell with inlaid brass, and a silk interior which has leather side baffles, and is pocketed to hold 6 cigars. One would feel relatively certain this one has never been put to much use, if at all. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, age and type considered. No bites or loss to either thick panel of tortoise shell, and no hairlines or cracks. Interior silk lining is faded and showing age, has no odor. Brass metal frame which hinges and clasp are equally fine, the tortoise shell end panels and the expanding baffles all present in fine form.
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.