A museum piece, this is last half of 1700s and dates to the King Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette era. Gold and silver inlays of that era, a wonderful bit of artisan's craft using thick "foils" of karat gold (not tested) and sterling silver. The snuff box is crafted of finest 250 year old ivory, slightly darkened on the interior from age and use. Offered from my own lifelong collection**.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, there are no chips nor breaks, one age shrinkage line visible in side round of the lid, typical, and can be reviewed in our photos very clearly. The box is approximately 3" diameter, round and about 1" tall when closed. Fits smoothly, no warp.
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.
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