Superb antique English Victorian era cruet stand, nearly pristine silver plate and large carved continental carved ivory splendor with four original matching wheel cut glass service pieces! A most interesting and spectacular old Victorian English cruet service, complete and marked only to show that it is silverplate (EPNS). Heavily quad-plated, it has a brilliant silver patina and one only sees a bit of undermetal showing at the bottom of base, likely where it has been scraped for testing. The body of the cruet stand is, as you see, a very large tusk section, cross-cut and lovely carving with a crest or medallion. A most appealing set – and complete with stoppers, silver caps, bottles and loads of Victorian charm!
Very good condition, and 19th century aesthetic and appeal. A very slight bit of bubbling to the silver plate. The only flaw with the entire set is that the two vinegar decanters' stoppers do not match and appear to be replacements. See pictures for measurements.
The vast majority of worked and antique object tortoise shell material comes from the shells of two species of sea turtles: the hawksbill (Eretmo-chelys imbricata) and, more rarely, the green turtle (see box A). The shells of these turtles exhibit attractive patterns that normally consist of light to dark brown patches, though a homogeneous “cream”-colored variety called blond tortoise shell also exists. We (and all but DNA test experts) are unable to distinguish between Asian and African elephant ivory, and c.1400-1800s trade routes bringing same into Europe sourced both.
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. We do hold a USDFW import/export license, as well.
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.
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