Another one from my own long life collections. Necessaire! A tiny piece from some grand Palais Royal trousse de voyage, no doubt, this little instrument is a folding toothpick (one in ivory and one in metal) and on the other is an ear wax spoon. Folds up like a little pocket knife and is just 2 1/4" long when closed. Beautiful little treasure, some 220 or more years old now. c.1770-1800, latest. Sometimes found in sewing boxes, perfect to tuck into a purse or vest pocket.
Very good to excellent condition throughout for age and type. RARE to find these still intact, particularly if they're not still inside a fitted case or large travel box. The cartouche is sterling silver, and is on one side only.
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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.