National and international law prohibits the exportation and interstate sale of tortoise shell. As EBTH follows CITES regulations, bidding must be reserved to bidders of the state in which the item resides, and the winning bidder must provide proof of current residence within that state. Please note that Everything But The House regularly sells items of historical significance and, from time to time, some of these items might be considered controversial in nature. It is the role of Everything But The House to offer these items for sale as sensitively as possible, with equal respect to all. Furthermore, please know that all items sold on our website are legally obtained and offered for sale in compliance with state and federal regulations.