The type of set you see here, so opulently finished in fine shell and beautifully inlaid and unmonogrammed cartouche of silver, is a moderate and typical set from France, mid- 1800s and was a traditional gift for a young person upon their Catholic confirmation, as well as was a lovely souvenir or gift for other occasions. These survive, usually without mates, but in most cases they did originally come as you see it here, paired in a presentation box. The box, in this case, is original, and will attend the set just as you see it. We love finding these in their original fitted presentation case, to show how the pair of matching items, 'necessaire' or 'aide d'memoire' and the coin purse, would have been given in origin. That said, this pair is just stunning! More highly polished to higher sheen than most, they have also been better cared for than most and survive in very good condition apart from having a small chip happen over time in one spot at clasp of the aide d'memoire or necessaire (some refer to these by either name). The photos show each of the 2 pieces well, I think, so ponder their mutual splendor as you must. The set is simple and elegant enough to be used by either a gentleman or a lady. Many use the necessaire as an evening 'bag' of sorts - a few business cards tucked in; a credit card and some cash, and you're ready to go. I have many, LOVE them all!
Very good to excellent condition, age and type considered. A single chip at clasp on the necessaire/aide d'memoire, noted in our images. Interiors and balance of shell all excellent. Original presentation case, and a fabulous set to use or display.
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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