Here is an exceptional antique (mid-1800s) French case made to hold about 6 cigars. It is a beautiful semi-translucent and very fine blond tortoise shell, and is inlaid with 18k gold (tested) and sterling silver in a typical adornment of pique work. The inner straps remain in the case, original to it, but they have stretched out over time so will need to be replaced with elastic straps to hold cigars should you wish to use it. These cases are wonderful as cases for spectacles, also, and I know more than a few ladies who use them as a lovely evening purse, clutch. I suppose I'm one of the big collectors of these, and we have quite a selection - ask if you're interested.
Very good to excellent condition, the case is without bug bites, no chips or cracks. The pique inlays are in fine form, as well. A superb case.
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists. We (and all but DNA test experts) are unable to distinguish between Asian and African elephant ivory, and c.1400-1800s trade routes bringing same into Europe sourced both.
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. We do hold a USDFW import/export license, as well.
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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