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Tortoiseshell
Tortoiseshell

Tortoiseshell is the shell of the tortoise. It has been used as inlay and to make small decorative objects since the seventeenth century. Some species of tortoise were put on the endangered species list in 1972, and new objects made from these shells cannot be sold legally. Tortex, a type of plastic, has been accepted as a replacement for tortoiseshell since the endangered species act banned the natural material.


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 TortoiseshellBrushpotHexagonal, Phoenix, Clouds, Marked, Chinese, 1800s, 5 1/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseIvory, Silver Mounts, Victorian, 4 x 2 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCigar CaseChurch Spires, Rose Windows, c.1850, 5 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellEtuiDark Brown, Silver Pique, c.1800, 2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellFanFigures, Landscape, c.1875, 7 x 13 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewelry CasketIvory, Octagonal, Filigree, Fretwork, Flower Borders, Footed, 6 x 12 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPlaque2 Dragons, Flaming Pearl, Carved, Chinese, c.1900, 3 1/8 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellScreenCranes, Clouds, Lotus Openwork Wood Frame, Chinese, 1800s, 14 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTrinket BoxGeorgian, Mirror, Drawer, Brass Ball & Claw Feet, Hinged Lid, 6 x 10 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxHinged Dome Lid, Silver Piping & Medallion, Ivory Trim, Rectangular, c.1825, 5 3/8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxLid, Baroque, Brass, Ivory Inlays, Doors, Fitted Interior, Side Handles, 19 x 21 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxLid, Figures, Landscape, Pavilions, Trees, Chinese, c.1800, 3 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxOval Angel, Guarding Children Brass Medallion, 1800s, 11 1/2 x 5 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBrush HolderCylindrical, Black, Brown, Tan, 4 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCabinetMarble, Gilt Metal Mounts, Flat Cornice, 3 Drawers, 2 Drawers, Stand, 61 x 46 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseLeaf & Flower Design, Ivory Trim, c.1800, 2 3/4 x 4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseMother-Of-Pearl & Gold Inlay, Timepiece, Ivory Note Card, c.1850, 2 3/4 x 4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseSilver Stringing, Ivory, Red Cloth Lining, c.1880, 3 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCaseBurl, Rectangular, Mother-Of-Pearl Inlaid Star Center, England, 1800s, 4 1/8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCigar CaseInlaid, Victorian, c.1850, 5 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCosmetic Case2 Women, Carved Ivory Plaque, Chinese, 1800s, 3 x 2 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellDeskLap, Brass Overlay, Curved Top, Fitted Bird’s-Eye Maple Interior, c.1860, 15 3/4 x 11 3/4 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellDominoesCase, Rectangular, Silver Inlay, England, c.1875, 5 1/4 In., 28 Pieces2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellGame BoxSilver Cartouche, Ivory Trim, 2 Decks Cards, Signed, c.1870, 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellInk CaseSilver Mounted, Rectangular, Hinged Lid, 2 Wells, Pen, Seal, England, c.1800, 2 7/8 In.2013Login / Create Account for Price


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