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NY 888567

August 4, 1993

CLA-2-::S:N:N8:344 888567


TARIFF NO.: 7117.19.5000

Ms. Terrie Hanrahan
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Kansas City, Missouri 64141

RE: The tariff classification of a lady's brooch from China.

Dear Ms. Hanrahan:

In your letter of July 16, 1993, you requested a tariff classification ruling on a lady's brooch.

You have not submitted a sample, however, you have supplied us with a photograph. The item at issue, the "Lace Handkerchief Lapel Pin", is a brooch measuring approximately four inches in length. The brooch consists of silver-tone base metal shaped into a cone with a bar-clasp soldered to its back. A piece of ivory colored lace fabric with a scalloped edge is folded and glued to the inside of the "cone."

The essential character of this combination article is derived from the cone-shaped metal brooch.

The applicable subheading for the "Lace Handkerchief Lapel Pin" will be 7117.19.5000, Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTS), which provides for Imitation jewelry: of base metal, whether or not plated with precious metal: Other: Other. The rate of duty will be 11% ad valorem.

This ruling is being issued under the provisions of Section 177 of the Customs Regulations (19 C.F.R. 177).

A copy of this ruling letter should be attached to the entry documents filed at the time this merchandise is imported. If the documents have been filed without a copy, this ruling should be brought to the attention of the Customs officer handling the transaction.


Jean F. Maguire
Area Director

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