Overall, the condition of the casket is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor splitting to the tortoiseshell, including some slightly open but stable splits to the back of the casket. There is some discolouration to the tortoiseshell, including to the lid, to the front, and to the right side. There are a few minor losses to the tortoiseshell at the corners. One of the mother-of-pearl squirrels to the front is loose. There are a few small losses to some of the other mother-of-pearl inlay. There is also warping in areas, notably to one of the bears to the right of the lockplate. Some of the mother-of-pearl inlay may have been reattached. There are also several losses to the silver mounts. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."