A superb mid-1800s French aide d'memoire in shell that is inlaid with a beautiful nature scene of silver and ivory. The condition is just as fine as our images show it to be, and the chocolate shell is beautifully shaped and preserved in this fine old French treasure. A crimson silk moire lining that is original and is remarkably unscathed by time, only missed its stylus which would act as a clasp. One can normally find these here or there, if one wishes to use this case. But it's a fabulous display item just as it stands.
Very good to excellent condition for age. These are c. 1840-60, very Napoleon III and with a Japonaise influence to the inlay, consistent with the era. No chips or nips, no cracks. A fine one!
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.