A mid-Victorian (Napoleon III) era pair of stunning cufflinks, each side an oval of beveled tortoise shell discs, joined by a heavy solid 9k marked chain, and still housed in their original camel back presentation case, box. The added fun of it being marked in gold embossment in inner lid with a Palais Royal address - sublime. I've had these for decades, worn them a few times. The gold hasn't shown one bit of tarnish. But it is marked .385 and also 9ct. One half expects that they're English crafted, but this is how I bought them.
Very good to excellent for age and type, with a nod to one chip on one of the smaller of 2-sized panels of shell (marked, shown well) which is the underside of the cuff when worn. All measurements are noted on the photos.
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.