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Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral
Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral

Antique 4" x 3" French Tortoise Shell Card Case, Accordion-pleat Interior, Silver Butterfly, Floral

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This is one you'll want to use, a few business cards, a credit card or two tucked in and your hotel card - those evenings when you have to go to a business function or you have a fun night out. I used to use these as a palm clutch evening 'bag' or purse, though in fact they are for calling cards or visiting cards, Napoleon III or Victorian era. This one looks so beautiful inside and out, but has a flaw that brings down its price. From most angles of view, it is one of the prettiest of all, that engraved sterling silver inlay bouquet and butterfly, and all that cognac to chocolate color mottled tortoise shell. So beautifully formed, yet I can only guess how the spine edge of the bottom half of it got damaged. Visible for your inspection in our images. If you've always wanted one, but found them always out of reach, perhaps this one? 

Good to very good, with an excellent interior and beautiful front and back, but please note the condition along the back spine, back side of the case and one corner of front panel. Sad flaw, but it really does display beautifully. It's one from my own lifelong collection, now being disbursed. Larger than most card cases, all modern business cars fit into this style. 

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.