Napoleon III Grand Tour souvenir, a solid carved elephant tusk ivory cross with cherub face, winged, and in superb condition apart from that it would have once had a round top hanging apparatus, which is no longer with it. Dating c.1850-70, it is solid and heavy, not one of the later hollow-carved and less valuable ones sometimes seen. The delicately carved putti or angel's face feels like a Dieppe piece to me, elegantly done and it's without any damage for all its time. In my collection since long before ban, and verifiable antique, more than 100-150 years old
Very good to excellent throughout, with a nod to the missing ring top it would have had and for which a hole remains (see images). The cross is 6" long and nearly 4" wide. Solid, not hollow. None of the thorns have been broken away, and the winged cherub is magnificent. You would perhaps find it with a pinback as a Victorian brooch and pay the same for just the little putti. NOTE: restrictions in effect for this item will be honored, as below.
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.
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