Fabulous larger sized tortoiseshell case, this one uniquely fitted for an antique crochet hook, Tambour style changeable hooks (handle and 6 sized hooks would have fit into it - only handle and 4 hooks remain with the case though). Superb mid-late 1800s English or French case with fine high color shell in fine condition. The interior is as beautiful as the outside on this one, with an ivory rim and crimson lining. Such an unusual old etui, and a wonderful sewing/crochet antique, VERY RARE to find.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. One small bottom corner chip, one hairline crack found, as noted in our images, and apart from the most minute (look the photos over to see if you can find any - I didn't, but the enlargement of digital images might show one or two not felt/seen) nothing else to detract at all. To the eye, it is just simply perfect - great color! Strong firm hinge and a working push-button clasp. Just exceptional! Don't miss this one.
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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