A constellation of stars inlaid into the beautiful old chocolate colored shell and a brass shield that awaits your own engraved monogram, should you decide to have it done - don't you just love these magnificent mid-1800s sets! These were a traditional gift to a young woman upon her confirmation (Catholic), and were also quite popular for the tourists on their Grand Tour, and while we often get the individual coin purse or 'aide d' memoire' as this notebook is properly called (memory aid), it's only rarely that we find the matching pair still together - rarer still to find them in their original presentation case, which of course we did not find in this set. (NOTE: If you're looking for a set complete with case, we do have some in inventory if you hurry - they're sold separately, of course).
Good to very good condition on this set. The shell cover is beautifully preserved on the display side apart from a corner nip or two (visible in our images), though you can see some surface abrasions on the backside. This is a set that has been used, enjoyed by its first owner and the notebook within contains some Victorian era stickers and photo, notations. The silk satin lining of the coin purse is a beautiful Royal purple, and is mostly intact but there is separation at the baffles as you can see in our images, as well. We've tried to show the imperfections, both in images and in our price on this set. Still, laid out on a table or in display, they're still lovely, and elegant.
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.