Another beautiful old shell case from France, and c. 1840-60 - fabulous gold pique work and creates a galaxy of stars, and immense appeal on this one. A fine usable case, its baffles and leather interior have many years of service in store for either your cigars or your spectacle, or as your evening purse! No flaws noted to the shell front or back, and only a slight rise to the cartouche (no monogram) that seems fine, isn't loose or unsightly in the least and appears to have always been this way - a bit convex, actually..
Very good condition, with a slight lift to the gold metal cartouche that centers the front and onto which monogram might be engraved. No other rises to inlays of pique work. Clasp and hinge work perfectly and interior's original leather lining is clean and in good shape, too - looks much better in person than our images portray for that purple interior, by the way.
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.
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