Delicate tortoise shell carnet du bal or aide memoire with ivory sheets, and pencil. Seven wafer thin ivory sheets rotate out from the tortoise shell cover. The small pencil with an ivory finial is held in a curved holder which is part of the shell. A beautiful small "notebook"; faint notes can be seen on several of the ivory sheets. These have been wiped away by the prior owner leaving small traces of the past.
A nice addition is the pencil which is marked for the German company J.W. Guttknecht; the firm was founded in the year 1750. The case and sheets are in very good condition with only a small nibble found on an edge of the shell and a small chip on the end of the pencil holder. Remarkable considering the materials and age of the piece.
Tortoiseshell has been admired and prized for several centuries due to the color, transparency, and shine. Due to its chemical makeup, tortoiseshell has thermoplastic properties. It can be softened and shaped when heated and moisture is applied. During the 18th. and 19th Century; it was a prized natural material for the creation and decoration of decorative objects.
French or English ; Circa 1860,Measurements; 3 ½" X 1 ½"
Condition report; small chip on edge of shell cover, small chip on pencil holder
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