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Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s
Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s
Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s
Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s
Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s
Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s

Antique French Napoleon III Tortoise Shell Cigar Case, Spectacles Case or Evening Purse, c.1850s

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This is a very fine old etui, cigar case in the traditional 1800s style we find in France and England (origins). Great for cigar case, which is the original use intended (no odors), and also wonderful used for spectacles or as an evening purse, which most of us buy these for in our time. The case has superb and beautifully colored/mottled old coloration, of course, as we are used to in these finest old items, and the interior is beautifully lined in claret or burgundy wine colored silk, trimmed out in leather - very good condition throughout on this one. The silver stringing and brass cartouche on the outside are icing on the cake!

Very good condition, it's mid-1800s and has no chips or cracks to disclose. One small bug bite-like loss along bottom of the top panel if it's in upright position. You can see it on our photos, and it's small. Stringing and inlaid cartouche are all in place, and there is no monogram yet so you can add your own. The leather baffles show a little wear and age - but it's very serviceable if you'd like to put it to use, or absolutely beautiful if you want it for display. This is one you'll use as an evening purse, I think. Elegant - perfect.

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.