This is the really fine French "faux" or fake ivory, which is called French ivory and is actually a superior grace of celluloid that has both the heaviness and cool-to-touch feel of real ivory, but it is not. The quality is superb, all brushes are boar bristle, some very soft, indeed. No evidence it was ever used, but we've completely sanitized the set in any case. The old box does show age, but perhaps you'll just want these gorgeous old Art Deco pieces on a tray in your dressing room. The 8 undamaged pieces have no staining or loss. They have that matching incised and blue-filled monogram. A glove stretcher helps us date the set to about c.1900, turn of the Belle Epoch century. The ivory-topped jars shown in final photo are not included, but shown from my own collections so you can see how closely this set mimics finest antique ivory.
Very good to excellent on all 8 pieces, still in the old presentation case which is all that really shows some of its 120 or so years of age. These are heavy in the hand, dense and not lightweight inferior pieces. I actually did a hot needle test just to be absolutely positive the set is not natural ivory. Can you imagine it on your dressing table or in the Master bath. Either masculine or feminine, and clean!
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