That outer band is 18k gold and the likelihood is there are gold wires there on the interior, loosened from their original position in the decorative arrangement under a convex cover glass. You can see it says "Don D'amitie" against that opaline glass. That means "a gift of friendship". It would have been filled, most likely, with confections, 'bonbons' and the elegant little box to be kept afterward. It's the size of a snuff box, 2 3/8" diameter and 7/8" tall, closed. The body is made of fine old tortoise shell and you can see a section of the lip is lost, but when closed it look perfect. Lovely little collector's box, and very early.
Good to very good condition for age and type. I've mentioned that inner lip of the bottom of the snuff or bonbon box, and you can see the gold wires in the convex glass-covered lid are loose and askew. There is another flaw you don't see until you look inside the lid and notice that the inner glass that backs the one you see from top is cracked. It isn't loose, and perhaps the paper stamps attached are a very early 'fix' to hold it all in place. Sturdy as you see it, though. The gold rim does test 12k gold.
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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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