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Tortoiseshell

By Maggie Campbell Pedersen

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ISBN: 9780719831447
PUBLISHED: 22/04/2021
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 216x138 mm
INSIDE: 109 colour photographs

Tortoiseshell, derived from marine turtles, has been used in decorative work for thousands of years. It featured in trade with, amongst others, the Babylonians and the Romans. In Europe it was used for furniture veneer in the seventeenth century, while in Polynesia it was used for personal adornment although turtles were viewed as sacred. Today it is important to be able to recognise tortoiseshell as all marine turtles are protected species and subject to global trade bans.

The book covers:

  • The historical use of tortoiseshell in various parts of the world
  • How tortoiseshell artefacts were made, from moulding to pique work
  • Turtles species, their habitats, and their conservation status today
  • The identification of tortoiseshell, and how to distinguish it from imitations, notably horn or the early plastics such as celluloid
  • Testing methods , both simple and advanced
  • Information on laws and regulatory bodies


Information on laws and regulatory bodies

RRP: £25.00

Site Price: £20.00

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