A brilliant little desktop or bedside table thermometer stand, mid-1800s French piece in the form of a musical lyre, in keeping with the French Empire classical instrument aesthetic of Napoleon's era. Complete and original, it appears to be accurate still, and has it's intact easel stand hinged in back. Not quite 4" tall, such a fine little treasure. Up top there is an R, perhaps a monogram? This item is entirely crafted in ivory.
Excellent condition throughout, no flaws to note. No warp, no chips, no cracks. I've owned this for decades in my own collections. Time to let things go.
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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