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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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 TortoiseshellShellPolished 19th Century 18 x 17 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTrinket BoxDomed Lid Polished Bone Bun Feet England 1 1/2 x 3 x 2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWriting CaseGeorge III Traveling Gold Inlaid Flowers Bloodstone Seal 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWriting CaseGeorge III Traveling Silver Domed Cover 2 Bottles 2 x 2 3/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWriting CaseGeorge III Traveling Silver Drop Handle Strapwork 1780s 1 3/4 x 2 3/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWriting CaseSilver Shield Shape Cut Glass Bottle Folding Pen Late 1700s 2 3/4 In.2011Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Bombe Form, Handle, Ormolu Mounts, France, 1800s, 9 x 12 x 10 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Carved, Court Scene, Riverscape, Chinese, 3 3/4 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Lid, Regency, Shaped Front, Corners, Bun Feet, c.1830, 3 x 4 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Metal, Ivory Borders, Fabric Interiors, 1800s, 10 x 7 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard Case c.1860, 4 1/4 x 3 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellDesk Set Brass Inlay, Trim, Ormolu Feet, 2 Glass Inkwells, Covered Well, 14 x 8 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellEtui Victorian, Hinged Top Opening, Fitted Interior, 19th Century, 4 x 2 1/2 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellHair Comb c.1833, 5 x 6 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewelry Box Green, Silver Inlays, 3 Monograms, Interior Compartments, 1800s, 7 x 5 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellLorgnette c.1890, 7 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPerfume Case 3 Interior Bottles, Silver Caps, Ivory Edging, 1800s, 3 x 5 x 2 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellSnuffbox Horn, 19th Century, 3 1/4 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Corner Columns, Brass Feet, 2 Lidded Compartments, England, c.1865, 6 x 7 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Fluted, Ball Feet, 2 Lidded Interior Compartments, England, 1800s, 5 x 7 1/2 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Fluted Front Panel, Metal Inlays, 2 Interior Compartments, 1800s, 5 x 7 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Tapered, 2 Lidded Interior Compartments, Canister, England, c.1825, 7 x 11 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Dressing Table, Serpentine Edge, Bone Lip, Velvet Lining, Ivory Bun Feet, 2 x 5 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Dressing Table, Velvet Lined, Bone Bun Feet, Early 1900s, 1 1/2 x 5 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Horn, Silver Inlay, 19th Century, England, 1 x 3 1/4 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price


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