A pair of early 20th century tortoiseshell and gold lorgnettes. Designed as a tortoiseshell panel with rope-twist and textured gold motif inlay, to the surmount releasing the folding rectangular-shape spectacles. AF. Length when folded 8.5cms. Weight 12.5gms.
Overall condition fair. Surface scratches in keeping with general age and wear. Spectacles bent and therefore not folding properly. Catch broken so spectacles do not stay in folded position. Length of spectacles 9.5cms. This item may have export issues, for customers outside of the EU, please note that it is the buyers responsibility to adhere to any import/ export requirements. ITEMS INCORPORATING MATERIALS FROM ENDANGERED AND OTHER PROTECTED SPECIES. Prospective buyers are advised that several countries prohibit altogether the importation of property containing such materials, and that other countries require a permit (e. g. , a CITES permit) from the relevant regulatory agencies in the countries of exportation as well as importation. The sale of ivory, tortoiseshell and other materials derived from endangered species is limited by CITES regulations to 'worked' pieces dating prior to 1947, and the export of such pieces outside the EU would require an export licence to be obtained from DEFRA. Accordingly, customers should familiarize themselves with the relevant customs laws and regulations prior to bidding on any item with wildlife material if they intend to import the item. Condition reports are offered as a guide only and we highly recommend inspecting any lot to satisfy yourself as to its condition.