We sometimes acquire beautiful old early 1800s Asian papier mache sewing boxes, elaborately hand painted exteriors, carved dragon footed, and rarely but sometimes, still fitted with the original sewing implements, spools, etc., inside. This particularly fine old Cantonese hand carved ivory spool holder clamp would be something we'd anticipate seeing in a completely fitted Victorian era box of that nature. Alas, we have only the clamp and spool, complete as it is, and beautifully carved with its Asian themes and scene including numerous figures, a couple of architectural elements and beautifully leafed trees above. Rare to find. I've had it for decades.
Very good condition for age and type. I see no chips or cracks, no hairlines to diminish value or appeal. The old hand carved clamp and spool holder is free of damage, as is the large upper spool assembly. The clamp below is working smoothly, no warping, and is made to anchor the sewing threads to a tabletop, probably for use in crochet or lace-making.
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.
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