A spectacular and excellent needle case, etui, fine with the addition of the little back-painted cartouche (eglomise) beveled and framed in 18k gold, and the most sought after small medallion of 18k gold with kiln-fired enamel flower - Palais Royal! The bands are each 18k gold, also. No flaws on this one, making it an exceptional find out of what would have been a stunning large necessaire of sewing tools, or sewing, vanity and travel accoutrement. Dates c.1780-1820.
Excellent condition throughout, even to the slender carved inner lip of the needle case, which often is the weak spot and chips or losses - none here. No flaws notable, not even a tiny chip. Elegant 200 year old ivory, 18k gold, a museum piece. Full measurements noted on photos. NOTE: only the needle case being sold. I've shown it with silk on silk c.1800 needlework for ambiance, as well as with other items. You're buying only the ivory Palais Royal needle case.
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.