Very compact in size and holding just everything a late Napoleon III or Edwardian Grand Tour traveler or businessman might need for travel hygiene, this one is a most unique form and just beautifully crafted. Many of the implements are made in fine old ivory. The scent bottles have silver-plate caps, not sterling silver. A pocket knife, razor, 3-level tube compartment piece for powders, unguents, or even coffee or salt. There's a shoe horn, 2 brushes (tooth and nail) and scissors, nail tops and a cork screw. A comb, which may or may not be original to this c.1870-1900 set. Fine quality black leather, silk moire and velvet interior. So interesting how it folds open and displays everything, then compactly becomes a handle-topped travel valet.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, a remarkable remainder of a traveler's past. Bottles are excellent, cork stoppers. Razor is fine, pocket knife is as well. One long tube is in 3 compartment sections and a little loss on threaded interior, visible on photos. Even the old leather is in very nice condition. Could be improved with a wipe of black shoe polish. The clasp opens by sliding the pin downward, and no key is necessary. Handle up top is excellent for age. 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.
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