With a wonderfully preserved silk lining, still sectioned in the manner of the mid-late 19th century coin purses commonly given to children upon religious confirmation, this beautiful little treasure has the added interest of a fine old French enameled plaque, likely much earlier, (c. early 1800s). While we don't believe this coin purse would have originally come with such a plaque, and we think it predates the coin purse, it's a lovely accent to the purse, even with its obvious flaws, and the combination of the bits create a truly splendid whole in aggregate, don't you agree? Just a bauble, but one that compliments your vignette of framed portrait miniatures, small boxes, Marie-Antoinette era vernis martin items of similar look and feel - a darling little treasure you'll love owning. I am slightly ashamed to allow these images to go through, since our speedy photographer got this one before I'd had time to clean it up. Please if you will overlook the surface dinge and think of it as clean and pristinely grime-free, that is how you will receive this little beauty.
Coin purse is very good in condition, inside and out. The applied kiln-fired enamel plaque shows damage, greatly enlarged so you can examine it fully, far more so than with your naked eye. In the hand, or in display, the flaws seem not so distressing and it's truly such a charming piece. I think you'll love it - particularly at our low price!
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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