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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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 TortoiseshellDresser Box Hinged Lid, Medallion, Leaves, Silver Mount, Cloth Lining, 2 x 6 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellDresser Box Lid, Silver Antelope, Antlers, Round, 19th Century, 2 x 3 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellFrame Silver Rim, Heart Shape, c.1876, 6 x 6 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewel Coffer Rococo Style, Bronze, Scrolled Corners, Bombe Shape Box, 9 x 7 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellLetter Opener Pen, Knife, c.1885, 11 3/4 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPaper Knife Rectangular, Rounded, Monogram, Mappin & Webb, Case, 17 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Double Well, Mother-Of-Pearl Inlay, Raised Ball Feet, 6 x 4 x 5 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTray Rectangular, Dished Center, Victorian, 9 In.2016Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Dome Lid, Rectangular, England, c.1915, 2 x 5 x 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Necessaire, Paris Views, Continental, 5 3/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Patch, Scroll Engraved Silver, c.1860, 2 1/2 x 1 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellBox Pierced, Squirrel & Grape Design, Brass Mounts, 2 x 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCoin Purse Mother-Of-Pearl Rondels, Silver Escutcheon, Silk Lined, c.1900, 2 x 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellComb Reticulated Flowers, c.1890, 4 1/2 In. Pair2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellCompact Brass Inlay, Paste Jewels, Engine Turned Interior, c.1900, 3 1/2 x 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellEyeglass Case Silver Mounts, England, 10 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewelry Box Bombe Shape, Molded Lid, Window, Paw Feet, c.1850, 11 x 15 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewelry Box Edwardian, Nickel Plaque, c.1915, 1 1/4 x 4 1/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellJewelry Box Ivory, Pierced Panels, Strapwork, Velvet Lined, c.1900, 2 1/4 x 6 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellLorgnette Spring Mounted, Scalloped Handle, c.1875, 7 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellModel Carriage, Tamboured Canopy, Pomegranates, Shell Poles, 9 7/8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellPage Turner Sterling End, George V, E. Bennett, London,1910, 14 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellSnuff Box Quilted Pattern, Escutcheon, c.1850, 2 1/4 x 1 3/4 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellTea Caddy Silver Plate Escutcheon, Cartouche, Ivory Knobs, c.1915, 5 x 7 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 TortoiseshellWriting Box Boulle Inlay, Maple, Mahogany Interior, c.1750, 6 x 8 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price


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