Antique tortoise shell 3-tier jewelry box, the dragon incised and gilded, dates between 1900-1920, and this one is in exceptionally fine condition. From my own collection, the box is large at 5+" wide, and when opened it presents over 9" in length with 3 compartments to hold your jewelry or perhaps cigars. All intact, measurements are noted on the photos. Likely an Edwardian Grand Tour souvenir of the Orient.
Very good to excellent condition throughout for age and type. I find a single hairline on one of the hinged side-pieces that expand it, but it is not broken. I've shown both sides so you can see. The 2 end clasps are fully intact and hold the box front and back. And the handle and rear 'legs' are also both just fine. Lots of photos to show this exquisite old Oriental beauty.
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. We do hold a USDFW import/export license, as well.
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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