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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. There is also a Victorian glass that looks like a tortoise shell and is called tortoiseshell glass.

 

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 TortoiseshellBoxGeometric Paneled Lid, Hinged, Early 19th Century, 1 1/4 X 2 3/8 X 1 1/4 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxGold, Silver Inlaid, Victorian, 19th Century, 1 1/4 X 2 7/8 X 3 1/2 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxHinged, Oval, England, 19th Century, 1 1/4 X 2 1/4 X 4 1/2 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCalling Card CaseSilver, Gold, Victorian, 19th Century, England, 2 X 3 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCigarette BoxRound, Reeded Edge, Central Patera, Brass Frame, France, 1 1/2 X 4 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCombDouble Sided, Carved, Hollow Center, Secret Opening, 17th Century2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellMemoireAide, Rectangular, Initialed Silver Clasp, Ivory Pages, Pencil, 4 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPage CutterRepousse Silver Handle, Colonial Couple, Green Man, 17 7/8 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellSpoonMid 19th Century, 10 1/2 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellVaseSquirrels, Grapevines, Reticulated, Flattened Double Gourd, Chinese, 7 In.2007Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxDressing Table, Bone Trimmed, Padded Chamois Lining, 2 X 7 X 3 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseRectangular, Checkered Design, Silver Beads, England, 4 1/4 X 5 3/4 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCaseCheroot, Sliding Sleeves, Cranes, Gold, Japan, Late 19th Century, 4 1/2 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCigar CaseIvory Banded, Rectangular Shape, Silver Plate Thumb Latch, 4 3/4 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCigarette CaseSilver Gilt Mounts, Asprey, London, C.1915, 3 1/2 X 5 1/2 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellVanity BoxTrunk Shape, Dome Lid, White Bone Edge, C.1885, 1 X 2 X 1 1/4 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellVaseEnameled, Flowers, Gilt Bird In Flight, Victorian, 9 1/4 In.2006Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBottleScent, Brown, Amber, Silver Collar, Amber Blown Stopper, 4 1/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxPerfume, Rectangular, Serpentine Front, Fitted Interior, 2 Bottles, 4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseChinese, 1800s, 3 1/2 x 2 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCombDiamond, Blond, Rose Gold Flower Garland, Edwardian2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellEtuiBelt, Bronze Mount, Blond, Anglo-indian, Late 19th Century, 10 3/4 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPitcherApplied Amber Handle, Ground Pontil, 5 x 7 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWorkboxGeorgian, Blond, Mid 1800s, 8 Compartments, 3 x 7 1/2 x 5 1/2 In.2005Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBottle4 Sides, Mushroom-shaped Threaded Lid, Nickel & Cork Stopper, 5 In.2004Login / Create Account for Price


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