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For your consideration is this Stunning Necklace and Earrings made of Tortoise Shell. The drops are in the shape of Claws, and the ends are still sharp on all of them.
I did not do the hot pin test, because I did not want to ruin it. However, I did briskly rub a 'Claw' with my thumb, and there was a definite greasy feel to it. Also, the 'Claws' are not glued on, but rather screwed in to the dangles. There is a pic showing that.
Each 'Claw' is 1 1/2" long. There are 6 on the Necklace and 1 each on the Earrings. The Neckace is 17" long, including the clasp.
There was quite a discussion about this Set on the Jewelry Discussion board, on ebay. The Set was tentatively dated to the early 1900's. And it was agreed by Collectors of Tortoise Shell items that it is, indeed, genuine Tortoise Shell. It was felt that the Earrings had perhaps been re-done with newer findings.
Don't miss this opportunity to own a beautiful piece of the past. These items do not come up for sale very often, especially something this unusual.
If you would like additional pictures, feel free to email me. Thank you for taking the time to look at my listing.
P.S. the price is slightly negotiable.