Antique boxes made from tortoiseshell. Some real tortoiseshell, some faux. All 19th century.

Hinged box raised on paw feet. Antique. English. Faux tortoiseshell and silverplate. Maker not known. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers and Echoes Antiques & Auction Gallery, Inc. Fair use license. via
Tea caddy with a pagoda top above above a serpentine form with a lidded interior raised on wooden ball feet, the whole with bone and silver detailing. 19th c. English. Tortoiseshell, bone and silver. Maker not known. Image ©2020 C. Mariani Antiques, Restoration & Custom, San Francisco. Fair use license. via
Box with intricate boulle (marquetry) work with a serpentine front tortoiseshell having a serpentine front and inlaid work in brass and red tortoiseshell depicting stylized floral motifs. Lined with silk and velvet. ca. 1840. French. Maker not known. Image © Antique Boxes at the Sign of the Hygra, London. Fair use license. via

Please note that these were all made in the 19th century when working with tortoiseshell was considered acceptable. Otherwise I would not use them.

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