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This is a real authentic tortoiseshell cuff bangle / bracelet, probably from the Art Deco era (1920 - 1940). It was sourced in Germany. Simply and utterly stunning and gorgeous.

A wonderful rare collector's item. Very difficult to find. Tortoiseshell was banned in 1973. Just gorgeous and very different from lucite or celluloid or horn or any of the other tortoiseshell imitations. Real tortoiseshell has a luminosity that is distinctive. There are wonderful little knife marks and a slight unevenness which show it was not made in a mould, but was carved by hand. Tortoiseshell can only go up in value as of course new tortoiseshell is illegal (and rightly so!) Real tortoiseshell darkens with age and wear, and this piece is beautifully darkened.

When you first see it you can't imagine you can get it on your hand, but then you realize it has quite a lot of give to it. My hand span from thumb tip to tip of little finger is 7.48" (19 cm) and it fits me. It should fit a wrist up to 7.5" around. The diameter is approximately: 2.34" (6cm) but like I say it has some give and the more you wear it the more give it will have. If you find you can't get it on when it arrives, don't force it, instead soak it in warm water. You can also take it to your opticians and ask them to gently stretch it using their special equipment, but unless you have a much bigger hand or less flexible hand than mine it won't be necessary. I'd say I have medium to large hands.

The width is approximately: 1.96" (5cm). I have never had one this wide before. It is also quite thick, giving it a wonderful weight and gorgeous feeling of abundance. It should fit most women but please measure your wrist and hand-span first.

I don't see any flaws in it apart from one tiny scratch, hardly noticeable. There are no chips on this one.

This item will be sent to you from Berlin in a gift box or bag with tracking number and registered DHL or Priority International mail.

If you are seeing this after this has sold but you have been looking for a real tortoiseshell bangle, please send me a convo and I can be sure to let you know when I next manage to find another one.
Pippa Anais Bear

Reserved for Charlie / Real Genuine Tortoise Shell Art Deco Bangle Cuff Bracelet Rare Collectible Tortoiseshell Carved Authentic


  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Materials: tortoiseshell, tortoise shell, real tortoiseshell, real tortoise shell, genuine tortoiseshell, genuine tortoise shell, authentic tortoiseshell, authentic tortoise shell
  • Ships worldwide from Maastricht, The Netherlands
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