Since 1975, manufacturers and designers of silver plated perfume bottles, boxes, fragrances, silver and jewellery, photoframes and antique replicas of sculptural forms.
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DARK TORTOISESHELL MANTLE CLOCK

Silver plated and tortoiseshell veneered. 142mm high x 93mm wide x 65mm deep.  Illustration also shows our smaller tortoiseshell carriage clock.

“Faux tortoiseshell” is a hard-wearing and costly celluloid material used for spectacle frames and guitar plectrums.  We’ve used it to decorate all six sides of our silver-plated clocks to replicate the old and refracting beauty of veneers pared from real turtle shells that used to cover the caddies and clock cases (and turtles) of the eighteenth century.

Real tortoiseshell veneers are no longer marketed, not because the creatures that used to provide them are now an endangered species, but because modern celluloid veneers can provide the same beautiful effects much more easily and economically; although the manufacturing process is still quite involved and the product is consequently still expensive.

The mighty eBay and other auction houses in Europe do not allow the sale of true tortoiseshell or ivory.  This ruling might have made it difficult to describe those genuine antique items for sale being truthfully described as “tortoiseshell”.  Alert buyers and sellers now have an unspoken understanding between themselves.  If you see “faux” tortoiseshell as part of the description for what appears to be a genuine antique item you can be sure of a new meaning implied by the word “faux” that is truly of the twenty-first century.  “Faux” in such a situation means (to those who understand) “the real thing”.  Such corruption of language is the very basis of poetry.

Our clock by comparison is the real thing.  It is veneered in genuine faux tortoiseshell.

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Price: £75.00