In France, title and legacy is everything, and you cannot have anything commissioned with a crown unless you are a titled Royal. So, while we do not know for whom this c.1890-1920 blond tortoise shell compact was created, we do know it was for Royalty. Perhaps a gift, it has really no evidence of having ever been used. No loss or damage but one tiny bug bit (see our images) along a side panel of the top cover. A multi-compartment minaudière or compact. Blond or 'cognac' colored shell was of particular value, desire. This has a bit of light chocolate mottling to it, but the bulk coloration is blond.
Very good to excellent throughout, with a single bug bite. It even retains a powder sieve. Missing only a powder puff. Large for a compact, and that inlaid crown tests 18k gold. No warp, and an elegant piece of artisan's work throughout.
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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