Fabulous 18th Century Case, Caddy, Etui, Cigar Box, Shagreen or Elephant Leather. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. This is an 18th century case I've had for decades, trying to figure out what it was once made to hold.Somewhat similar to the 18th century shagreen cases which held navigating or drafting tools, it is an unusual shape and size. Likewise, rather than sharkskin as the leather (black shagreen, some call it, though shagreen is really belly skin of the stingray) - I feel quite sure this is leather from elephant.
I've had and seen a few 19th century purses which turned out to be elephant leather and this leather has more the look of those than of shark or shagreen. Since it's time to disburse things I've hung onto for decades, this one came to my worktable and it seems perfect as a cigar case, though I'm certain that was not its original purpose. Large, measurements noted on the photos. Very good to excellent condition for age and type, the case is exceptionally well-preserved.Quite beautiful and unique, I have shown it with Davidoff cigars which are about 4 1/2 long, there is room inside for longer cigars. Full measurements noted on the photos. Hinge and clasp are each working as they should. The only rough spot on the elegant leather is there at the hinge, very small. The brass pique mount of hardware is typical of 17th century cases and adds design aesthetic. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories.
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