Every implement is still within this all original fine Edwardian manicure set, including the 2 pots for polishes and lacquers, and they remain housed in a magnificent antique shell box that is truly amazing in its brilliance and fine condition. The upper tray lifts out, entirely original presentation throughout, and the steel heads of the implements are the only parts that seem to show any age at all, though we know this one is well into it's dotage, Edwardian. Large, it's really a spectacular find, a great buy! English hallmarks: London, sterling, "CD" maker and 1901 date mark, clearly shown in our images.
Very good to excellent condition, all original and apart from the old steel implements, it would appear to have never been used at all. No bug bites, no damage at all to note, not a single hairline or crack anywhere. Fine antique shell with English sterling silver hinge and fitting, hallmarks are shown.
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists. We (and all but DNA test experts) are unable to distinguish between Asian and African elephant ivory, and c.1400-1800s trade routes bringing same into Europe sourced both.
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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