This ornate netting case is carved of real tortoise shell and the quality of the carving is lovely. It was Chinese export work for the English market, early 19th century. The sides of the case are hand carved with flowers surrounding panels with landscapes and scenes from Chinese life. The ends have layered chrysanthemum motifs. The natural patterns in the tortoise shell and the old patina are gorgeous.
Inside are tortoise shell netting tools. It's in fabulous condition with no chips, cracks or other damage and the top fits on perfectly. Closed, the case measures 6" long. A very similar one is shown on p. 71 of Nerylla Taunton's book Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries.