The last of my Antique French minaudière - this one is complete and still with its structured black suede scabbard to use as a purse. The 'minaudière' is actually a travel makeup necessaire as you can see. Interior compartments for powder, lipstick, a comb (included) and a conpartment for coins or other needs. Used as an evening bag, it's fun and flapper-ish. Beautiful old mottled tortoise shell, the old mirror still inside. Full measurements noted on the photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, this one is one you'll actually want to wear/use. From my own collection of a long lifetime, it's been stored in archival bag and is gorgeous. Rare to find with both scabbard and comb, this one also has an ostrich down powder puff and powder still inside. I love the orange puff so have left it like it is. The clasp is finicky but works and holds tightly. Took me a minute to open it. There are no breaks or chips and no bug bites. There are a couple of small thin hairlines on the steam-moulded corners but age rather than accident and are stable and small. No warp, just a charming (and more and more rare) antique purse every collection really must have!
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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