It's rare enough to find a matching pair of fine 1840-50s French shell items, but rarer still to find them still with their original domed & monogrammed leather presentation box, but here is one more beautiful set for our collectors to enjoy. A fabulous early Napoleon III set, these were often given as gifts, sometimes related to communion or other Catholic milestones, and sometimes came along with a matching prayer book. We have 2 other boxed sets that are complete with prayer books, one of which was specially made for actess Sarah Bernhardt. Be sure to look through to see all! But this beautiful set is rich with a gold pique in overall pattern, accented by the belting monogram cartouche on both pieces. All monograms match, box and items, and there is no question that they are the originals.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Just less than perfect on that silk interior of the necessaire or card case, but the coin case and outer box are excellent, and the shell is still wonderfully intact and fine on both pieces in the set. The gold stylus you see is included in this set, which is rare. It is the closure, very likely original. The pieces are fabulous as display pieces. Priced right, too - don't miss these! I think that monogram is an interlocking L and C or G. Beautiful pique work!
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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