A little treasure which would have once been part of an elaborate swing or travel trousse, coffret, box or chest, this carved ivory needle case (etui) survives to show the exceptionally fine detail the French went to for even a humble little case to hold sewing needles. Such elegance. The French thistle and a little glass panel which reads, "Amite", friendship or caring love. The collar and pique dots are 18k gold. The thistle is incised and painted. Measurements are noted on our photos.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type on this shield or scabbard form etui. No breaks, no chips, the halves fit together smoothly. The plaque inlay is glass, or under glass. The band and dot pique work is in 18k gold. A French Palais Royal item.
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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