Turtle w/ Spoon

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  1. 20201129_155258~2.jpg 20201129_155227~2.jpg 20201129_155034.jpg 20201129_155016.jpg 20201129_154916.jpg Here is one of the many Items from my Turtle Collection (I like Turtles!!) I am not sure what it was used for, nor do I know what it is made of or how old it is. I am always worried with the "Hot Pin" trick to see if it is Ivory. I just can't resist Turtles. Any help would be appreciated. I bought this in the 80's at an Antique Store. The color of the Turtle is pretty close to what it actually is.

    The Nailhunter (I like Date Nails to :)
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  2. Marie Forjan

    Marie Forjan Well-Known Member

    Snuff box?

    Can you get close ups of some of the surface so we can try to determine if it is ivory or not?
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  3. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Is there enough of a hollow inside the turtle for it to be a little bottle? More space than for the spoon only?
  4. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    Is there just the one visible hole in his tail, not a second we can't see?
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  5. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    bone maybe?
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  6. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    I thought bone as well. I also thought Chinese and newish .By newish I mean 50-60 years old . :)
  7. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    It looks like it is a cast resin piece.
  8. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    OTHERS (and myself) will always say "NEVER do the 'hot pin' test"......how to ruin a piece!!!!! OR at least mar it, whatever it may be!!!!
  9. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Do you suppose he's got a large enough cavity inside to hold a bit of "opioid powder".....at least that's what he looks like to me!!!!
  10. 20201129_210935.jpg 20201129_210946.jpg 20201129_155258~2.jpg Well, Thank you for the great questions. After looking at the piece again I noticed some things I have never noticed!
    1. Is there a second hole? No
    2. Is there a Cavity in the piece? Yes, the Cavity gets bigger inside.
    3. Close ups? I took one more picture close up, but my camera on my phone does not do good close-ups.
    4. Something I never noticed!!!! I took 2 pictures of the side of the Turtle, and it is actually 2 pieces. You can see a line that bisects the entire piece. I can actually see where it has slightly separated in a couple of spots. Which probably means it is not Ivory but some kind of Cast piece.
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  11. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    It is a fairly recent carved bone snuff bottle. Could be Chinese, but I suspect it was made in Southeast Asia. Wouldn't have been very old when you bought it. Really cute, and perfect for a turtle collector.
    Last edited: Nov 30, 2020
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  13. After looking at the inside where the spoon goes I think ya'll have hit the nail on the head!! Thank you for all the input!!
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