Superb English tortoise shell etui, sewing set from famed London maker/shop, Mappin & Webb, c.1900. Edwardian luxury at it's finest, you have even the original needle cases tucked into their silk moire sections in the inner lid.
Very good to excellent - The case is fabulous, in top condition without flaws to note. The implements have mother of pearl handles (stiletto and seam ripper folding knife) and the scissors remain sharp. Each piece original to this case, this set, and mainly marked, "Mapping & Webb", as noted. No monogram on the little crown-top cartouche. The push-button closure and hinges all in fine working order. The shell is stunning chocolate and cognac in coloration, and feels incredible in the hand. Nearly 5" in length, 3" wide and 1.25" thick when closed.
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. We do hold a valid USFWS license, as well, for import/export, but additional time is required for export, and we are not exporting at this time.