Superb, large antique Victorian or Napoleon III era carved solid ivory wax seal or sceau with unique gilt ormolu & blue glass matrix and kept in what appears to be the original box! An elegant desk top writer's tool, the handle of this one in solid genuine carved or turned ivory with a rather large 1" diameter at its widest. The matrix quite alluring, in a deep blue glass with what looks like a "DD" monogram incised in the tip. Rare and wonderful, don't miss it.
Very good condition. The seal handle does have two tiny hairline cracks where the matrix is joined but no other damage that I can see. The box, although it appears original, may not be, is in fine condition with some wear to the orange velvet nap at the edges. See pictures for all measurements.
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.