Rare old perfume flask still inside the elaborate etui or hinged caddy in which it was first placed, c.1750-1810. Stopper still intact and in place, a little stuck from residue of the scented or perfumed salts within, and we didn't soak it to try to loosen it. We'll leave that to it's next owner. Most of these cases, those that survive at all, no longer have the perfume salts bottle, flacon, flask inside. So treasured is this one, it if not only fully intact, but in remarkably fine condition. Just 2 1/8" long, 1" widest and 1/2" depth.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, scent bottle intact within and the case really hasn't a single flaw to note. Hinge and clasp work perfectly, the case has no bug bites to the fine old tortoise shell, and not a bit of the silver inlay, pique work is missing. Garlands and flowers, stringing in place, just a gem and unscathed by time. RARE.
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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