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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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 TortoiseshellTea BoxGeorgian, Ivory Banded, Serpentine Front, 3 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 3 1/2 In.2003Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea CaddyHinged Cover, 2 Interior Compartments, 6 x 8 x 5 In.2003Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellVaseHoney Amber, Amethyst Rim, Clear Footed, 2 3/8 x 2 In.2003Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxCover, Heart Shape, Ruffled Silver Rim, England, 1895, 3 3/4 x 3 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxDomed Hinged Cover, Rectangular, 1 x 2 7/8 x 1 7/8 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxSewing, Ivory, Pincushion, Knife, Measuring Tape, Scissors, 1 x 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxSterling Silver Mount, Oval, Sandalwood Interior, C.1899, 3 1/2 x 5 x 3 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxTrinket, Serpentine Domed Cover, Bun Feet, Victorian, 2 x 7 x 4 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseHinged Cover, Ivory, Rectangular, 19th Century, 3 x 4 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCard CaseMother-of-pearl Plaque, Landscape, Birds, Late 1800s, 3 1/8 x 4 1/8 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCasketIvory, Rectangular Form, Boxwood Lined Interior, Regency Style, 1900, 3 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCasketJewelry, Bone Bands, Oblong, Satin Lining, Edwardian, 3 1/2 x 10 1/4 x 7 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCasketJewelry, Ivory, Regency Style, England, 19th Century, 7 x 13 1/2 x 10 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCasketWilliam Iv, Pewter, Ivory, Fabric Lined Interior, 3 x 11 x 8 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCasketWilliam Iv, Rectangular Domed Lid, 19th Century, 1 x 5 x 3 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCombFolding, Carved, Indian, Feathered Headdress, Jamaica, 1700s, 6 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCricket CageCover, Ivory Ring Rim, Pagoda & Pine Tree Design, 5 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellDishSilver Mounted, Shell Shape, Acanthus Scrolled Handle, 5 x 5 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellFrameFluted, Ebonized, Ancient Ruin Scene, 12 x 14 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellKnifePaddle Shape, Silver Handle, England, 1888, 16 1/2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellMirrorMother-of-pearl, Beveled, 20 1/24 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellSnuffboxSilver Mounted, Man, Woman, Animals, Birds, Floral, 1700s, 3 x 2 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellSnuffboxWalnut, Disk Form, Concave, Walnut, Ebonized Edges, 3 3/8 In.2002Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxApplied Pierced Bone Bands With Flowers, Bone Border, Rectangular2001Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBoxBonbon, Brass Lining, 20th Century, 3/4 x 1 1/2 In.2001Login / Create Account for Price


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