Imagine the 19th century 'trousse de voyage' from which these remaining pieces must have come - what a prize it would have been! The pieces that remain here are pristine and elegant in their fine quality simple lines, and further amplified in cachet by the 18K gold monogram set into each of the matching pieces. A fine shoe horn, glove stretcher, manicure and clothing brushes and a hairbrush are the pieces comprising this set of 5, though I'm sure they are the 'leftovers' from a much larger set. Someone probably sold off all of the perfume and powder & vanity jars separately. Ah, if only we could reunite them. We have a similar superb quality set listed separately, if you wish to see what a complete set of these fine French pieces would look like, though that other one has other material rather than shell. Still - take a look so you get the feel of what this set must have originally been. The 5 pieces here are of, as mentioned, the finest quality. All brushes have been thoroughly sanitized and are ready for use or display. Stunning alongside your collection of perfume bottles, vanity jars! Please don't ask me to decipher that elaborate monogram.
Very good to excellent condition. These appear to have never been used, and were likely a formal gift set that was displayed or simply treasured rather than put to use. Completely sanitized, ready to use or display. Very fine!
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists.
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.