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Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC
Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC
Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC
Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC
Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC

Finest Antique Tortoise Shell Coin Purse, French Tortoiseshell Pique, EC

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One of the best little French coin purses in elegant chocolate and cognac shell - a brilliant crimson silk moire interior that is still in really fine condition for age and type. A beauty you'd be pleased to own or to give as a gift. Beautifully preserved, I see no nips, bites, cracks or damage to the 2 panels of shell - they're both just stunning.


Very good condition, the only flaw to note is the wear and slight splitting to some spots on the leather baffle of the purse. Still, one you'll love to display with your own collection. Imported from France with full compliance with CITES. Antique, c. 1850-70, Napoleon III era. Well beyond the 100 year antique designation for endangered species products.

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. 


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.