A beauty, and of fine quality in its time, this lovely old notebook, 'necessaire' (because it held all that was necessary in its time), was a mainstay for all, and we find them in a variety of forms and materials, but the shell ones and ivory ones are always favorites. This one has had some use, and the interior is original but shows wear and age, a bit at least. The steam-formed spine is shell, which is not always the case and does denote fine quality, as noted. The beautiful silver and gold ilays with silver cartouche that awaits your own monogram is in excellent condition, no lifts or losses. The shell panels are excellent, and it is only the slight tattering of the blue silk moire lining that keeps this one from being excellent. Well worthy of your attention, and with the original notepad still inside, certainly worth a little TLC or restoration of the 3 silk loops into which you might insert your own stylus (acts as a clasp when in place, as you can see). There is not a stylus with this one, but the gold-leafed note pad remains, which is rather rare. Lovely for all the most valuable points.
Good condition, with shell panels that are superb, in condition and coloration. You can see the very slightest nips to some of the exterior edge, courtesy of bug bites, but no serious cracks or chips to consider. I think you could have edges filed slightly to smooth again. Interior is slightly tattered, needs a little TLC to make it very good again. No stylus with this one. Price reflects imperfections, but it's still a beauty!
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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