Over decades, we've amassed a wonderful supply/collection of exquisite 19th century carnet du bal (Dance card); necessaire; calling card cases; notepads or aide d'memoire in fine old tortoise shell. Here's just one you're going to love. Hard to pick the right one, so why not buy several and start your own beautiful tabletop or vitrine collection? We're your best place to shop for these stunning old pieces of French vanity items and articles, and looking through, you'll see why we love them, too. Antique shell carnet bal, or aide d'memoire, in superbly chocolate colored and steam-formed or reconstructed tortoise shell, a border of ornate trim which matches the cartouche - no monogram yet engraved on it.
Very good condition for age and type. Lining showing a bit of its age, as many do, but it's intact and perfect to hold your own business cards in the baffle side pocket, and a note or two inside the notepad. A card calendar for the week to jot down appointments, and the original pencil which also forms the clasp for the case is still within. Wonderful, isn't it! No breaks, no chips, no bug bites. The spine is lush silk velvet, original as you see it. Great gift ideas, all - and wonderful 'something old' for brides or bridesmaids' gift ideas. Lovely!
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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