Antique Portrait miniature tops a fine c.1780-1830 snuff box. She's done in a soft focus, not a flaw to be found on the painting. Obviously cherished by many generations, the snuff box comes to us in fine form. A lace collar/gown, and bonnet, with her pale blue shawl draping her shoulders, she makes a charming collector's piece.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the cover glass remains and not a chip, hairline, nothing to dampen enthusiasm nor value on the portrait or the box in display. No warp, some interior lip chips visible on rim of box bottom which is not visible when lid is in place (the shell lip that slides into the lid half). A tiny bug bite, if anything. Photos show it from all angles, It is 3" diameter, round. Full measurements noted on our photos.
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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