Pepper mill, c. 1770. A cylindrical tortoiseshell pepper mill with a silver lid, with a pinecone finial and tooled rim.
tortoiseshell and silver snuff box
Queen Anne Silver, Tortoiseshell, Mother Of Pearl & Gold Snuff Box. Made circa 1710. Length 2.9" (7cm).
Scottish silver and tortoiseshell snuff mull with Chinoserie decoration. Made circa 1690, not marked. Height 2.1" (5.5cm).
A Scottish silver and tortoiseshell snuff mull Made circa: 1730, not marked. Height 2" (5cm).
A collection of antique tortoise shell boxes, tea caddies on marble-topped table at home. Photo credit: Antiques & Uncommon Treasure
antique English tortoiseshell tea caddy
An eight-sided English tortoiseshell caddy, about 1820, sits on bone ball feet. Highly prized, exotic veneers command premium prices. Wood caddies were carved, inlaid, veneered, and japanned. In fact, some of the greatest English cabinetmakers tried their hand at box design, always remembering to lock behind them. Back then, tea was a pricey commodity so precious that, like jewelry, it was subject to theft and kept under lock and key. “I have never seen a period tea caddy without a lock,” says Thomas Woodham-Smith, director of Mallett Inc., specialists in 18th- and 19th-century English and Continental furnishings.
antique tea caddies
Radio Guy - Antique Chinese Ox Horn Eyeglasses This is a stunning pair of 125+ year old and delicate ox horn eyeglasses in the original shagreen and decorative copper case. The natural colors of the horn are still so bright after all these years! Sidearms and bone pieces at the end of the sidearms appear to still be original but have a rough edge. They measure 4.5"from temple to temple.
Antique Chinese Ox Horn Eyeglasses
English House Tortoiseshell Tea Caddy England 19th Century Rare tortoiseshell tea caddy in the shape of a house, inlaid with etched bone. The top is hollow, interlined with velvet. Double tea compartments are covered with tortoiseshell lids having bone knobs (one knob is chipped). Summer Loftin Antiques/1st Dibs