Charming antique Napoleon III or Victorian era hand carved ivory writer's wax seal or sceau, a unique hunting hound or dog's bust with two-toned glass eyes and matrix with interlaced monogram! An interesting piece, we're wondering if it was originally the end of an old ivory handled parasol or cane that was transformed into this delightful writer's implement. Fine detail and definitely a popular subject. I can't quite make out the monogram, possibly "LB" or "JB"? A wonderful desk top decorative accent nonetheless.
Very good condition. What looks like a few darkened age or drying cracks and an unexplainable small hole in the back of the head but no chips or breaks that I can see. As noted, the matrix may have been added at some point if it was originally the tip of a parasol or cane handle. See pictures for measurements.
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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.