A selection of tortoiseshell and tortoiseshell coloured boxe...
A selection of tortoiseshell and tortoiseshell coloured boxes, 19th century and later, comprising a portrait print mounted example depicting two ladies, 11.5cm diameter, an etui with hinged cover and vacant shield shaped cartouche (lacking contents), 8.2cm high, a spectacle case with marcasite monogrammed 'M', an oval trinket dish inset with silver coloured classical urn, 10.5cm wide, an octagonal pill box, 7cm wide, and a tortoiseshell mounted snuff box, 8cm wide, (all at fault) (6)
Circular box: crazing throughout. Possible signs of of over-painting. Scratching and some loss to the portrait. Portrait does not sit secure in the frame and moves around. Some denting and bending to the metal frame. Cracks to the cover, possible signs of repair. Crack to the inside rim of the base. General scratching, wear and tear to inside and outside.
Etui: Heavy scratching and wear to the exterior. Several cracks and areas of loss to the exterior. Tearing to the fabric lining in the cover, and extensive glue repair. Moderate scratching and wear to the case interior, but no splitting.
Spectacle case: Heavy scratching and wear to interior and exterior. Many stones from monogram are missing. One of the hinges is broken, showing loss to the case surround and signs of attempted repair. The catch is not in working order. The cover does not sit flush with the case and is slightly lopsided.
All other pieces show moderate to heavy scratching and wear. The octagonal case has heavy losses to the cover, as well as chips and nibbles to the edges, and shows signs of glue repair in several places. The oval dish has a chip missing to the rim, and a large crack in the rim. There are some areas of loss on the inlaid border and central motif, as well as denting, scratching and wear. There is a later added mount to the reverse. The snuff box is in relatively good order, no signs of obvious damage or repair, however the cover does not sit flush to the box.
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