Posted 4 months ago
This is quite a sweet piece, a little Victorian datebook. It is made of tortoise shell, the floral designs on the front are solid 14k gold inlay with some sterling. I examined it under a microscope and it is definitely not plated or anything, its actual gold inlay. The centerpiece is a hardstone pietra dura / micro mosaic scene of birds drinking from a bowl. The page inside is made of elephant ivory and the pencil is sterling silver. The people had no idea what it was, paid five bucks...