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Three Antique Chinese Tortoise Shell Utensil Sets

DESCRIPTION: Three similar Chinese travel utensil sets, 19th to early 20th C., each with a wood case wrapped in tortoise shell and finished with brass mounts. All have original knives with ivory tips, bone chopsticks and picks. Sets such as these would have been worn suspended by a cord from the belt with a toggle for a counterweight. CONDITION: Several minor chips to the tortoise shell; each set is original with no repairs and all in good condition. PROVENANCE: From the property of the Salgo... Click for details

$395 each, or all three for $1,000

Large Chinese Tortoise Shell Trousse Set, Early 19th C.

DESCRIPTION: A large Chinese tortoise shell travel utensil kit (or trousse) with elaborate brass mounts and fittings. The bamboo scabbard has been overlaid with tortoise shell and fitted with highly decorative brass mounts with appliqués that include bats, butterflies, a goose, a ram, and engraved “Xi” characters (meaning double happiness). The set includes a large pair of ox-bone chopsticks and a brass-tipped knife with iron blade. There are old Chinese repairs to one chopstick (where... Click for details


Antique Chinese Calligraphy Ox-Horn Brush

DESCRIPTION: An attractive scholar's calligraphy brush, crafted using long brown horsehair bristles attached to a bulbous ox-horn ferrule and segmented, solid ox- horn shaft. A very handsome brush in good condition from the latter Qing Dynasty, which would have been used for calligraphy or painting. DIMENSIONS: 14” long (35.5 cm).


Chinese Export Tortoise Shell Comb, 19th C.

DESCRIPTION: A large, ten pronged tortoise shell comb made for the European market (Victorian era, circa 1880-1890). The fashion of the day included large elaborate combs placed in upswept hair, and this one is a real beauty! The curved prongs and scalloped crown are from a single piece of shell which is mounted with three large round beads and two carved triangular designs. Very good condition with only a couple of tiny nits that are difficult to even see. DIMENSIONS: 6 ½” long (16.5... Click for details


Chinese Scholar’s Ink Stone in Tortoise Shell Box, Qing

DESCRIPTION: A beautiful and rarely seen scholar’s ink stone housed in a tortoise shell box. The overlaid tortoise shell has striking patterns and is in very good condition with no losses and only very minor scuffing. The interior of the box is finished in black lacquer with the surface of the fitted duan stone slightly angled to pool water at one end. Qing Dynasty, 19th C. DIMENSIONS: 5 3/8” long (13.6 cm) x 4” wide (10.2 cm) x 2 ¼” high (5.7 cm).


Fine Engraved Ivory Scholar’s Brush, Qing

DESCRIPTION: One of the four treasures of the scholar’s studio, this rare scholar’s brush is crafted from ivory (not bone) and engraved with a maiden in a garden setting as well as a poem in tiny characters. The shaft is banded with silver foil and attaches to the ferrule and tip which are crafted from horn. Qing Dynasty, very good condition with a few hairlines but no open fractures. DIMENSIONS: 12 ½” long (31.7 cm).


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