Unusual nanette-shaped table snuff, a full 4" in length, mounted with a wonderful 3/4 pose portrait in miniature there on top. Beautifully preserved for over 200 years, there are very few flaws to note. Full measurements noted on photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Silver fitting and aperture mat are perfectly in place and hinge works fine. No breaks in the old shell, none on the portrait miniature. There is a very small edging of nips to the cover glass, about the 9 o'clock position and visible in our images. Very slightly cloudy, as we haven't taken it apart to clean inside of the glass, but the painting is charming, lovely, c.1780s from look of her. Superb!
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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