Three Tortoise Shell Boxes Including Card Case, 19th C.
Three 19th century tortoise/faux tortoiseshell novelty boxes. 1st item: Early Tortoise needlecase with hinged top, silver fittings, and finely detailed inlaid filigree swag and shield designs, 3"H. 2nd item: Tortoise or faux tortoise and celluloid card case with hinged top, inlaid on both sides with mother of pearl floral designs, vacant silver monogram square on top. 3-1/2"L. 3rd item: tortoise patch box with decorative silver-gilt fittings, marked .800. 1-3/8"L. All probably English, 19th century. Provenance: Private Middle Tennessee collection.
Item 1: needle case in good condition with light scratching, a few minute chips, seam or possible repaired crack to side. Item 2: card case in overall good condition with hinge somewhat loose, couple of small chips, 1 mother of pearl "petal"