How To Select Genuine Mammoth Tusk Ivory?

Ivory is opulent and lustrous, adorning royal palaces and one of the most preferred materials for inlay for centuries. Today due to the incessant poaching, elephant ivory is banned worldwide. However, the demand for ivory has not gone down and to fill the gap, mammoth tusk ivory is in vogue. The large and husky wooly mammoths perished in the last Ice Age and the freezing Tundra permafrost has managed to preserve the ivory well.

Although there are numerous scrimshaws, netsuke and tusk carvings that are available at different prices, if you are not sure about the authenticity of the mammoth ivory sculpture you have bought, it is time to know more about it. As fake abound online, it is essential to view the mammoth ivory art piece virtually and check for the inherent criss-cross pattern on the tusks, figurines and even netsuke. Look at areas where there is no or less carving on the sculpture and check for inherent criss-cross V-shaped patterned lines on legal ivory.

Additionally, look for bone lamination and joints. High value mammoth ivory tusk carvings are crafted from a single piece. If you see numerous bone lamination, it can be a sign of making the sculpture from animal bone and not ivory.  However, brown pigmentation on natural mammoth ivory is common due to the seepage of various soil minerals within the porous organic ivory as it lay buried under the permafrost. The discoloration ranges from dark brown to fawn color and some maybe in shades of grey. Check out more information on mammoth ivory carvings and sculptures at http://www.mammothivory.info

 

IVORY CARVING AFRICAN RITUAL TOKEN 500+ YEARS

Wow… Look at this special antique  ivory just being sold at www.SellYourArtifacts.com – this your chance to own such rare piece – This a Museum piece, one of a ind – don’t forget before buying it – to make  a carbon checking!!!
THIS UNUSUAL ORNATE PIECE WAS PURCHASED 25 YEARS AGO AT A “FIRE” AUCTION WHERE A MUSEUM BURNED OUT HERE IN CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS.ABOUT 75%IVORY CARVING AFRICAN RITUAL TOKEN 500+ YEARS OF THE INVENTORY WAS DESTROYED AND THIS WAS AUCTIONED OFF AS AN “AFRICAN TRIBAL RITUAL TOKEN”. UNFORTUNATELY ALL MOST ALL OF THE RECORDS WERE DESTROYED IN THE FIRE BUT IN THE AUCTION IT WAS STATED THAT CARBON TESTING HAD BEEN DONE PRIOR TO THE MUSEUM AQUIRING IT. IT WAS STATED TO BE IN EXCESS OF 4-500 YEARS OLD. EVEN THEN I PAID QUITE A HIGH PRICE FOR IT AS I INTENDED TO LEAVE IT TO MY SON UPON MY PASSING BUT HE HAS RECENTLY PASSED WITH AN EARLY DEMISE AND I NOW JUST WANT TO SELL IT. I HAVE SPENT THE PAST 2 WEEKS EMAILING AND SPEAKING ON THE PHONE WITH SEVERAL INDIVIDUALS SPECIALIZING IN THIS AREA AND WAS ADVISED ON A PRICE TO BEGIN WITH. I WAS INFORMED THAT DUE TO THE AGE AND NATURE OF THE ITEM IT’S ANYONES GUESS WHAT THE ACTUAL WORTH IS BUT I WAS ADVISED TO A BOTTOM LINE AND THAT’S WHERE I WILL START.
THE PIECE MEASURES 3 1/2″ HIGH AND ALMOST 2″ ACROSS AT IT’S WIDEST POINT AND WEIGHS ALMOST 3/4 POUND. PLEASE NOTE THE AGE LINES EXTENDING FROM THE BASE AND ALONG THE SIDES AND THE VERY TOP AS I WAS YOLD THIS WAS THE “TIP” OF THE TUSK AND THE AGED AREA IS THE “CAP. THE CARVING IS EXTREMELY ORNATE AND I HAVE DONE THE BEST WITH PHOTO’S BUT THERE IS NOTHING LIKE ACTUALLY HOLDING IT IN YOUR HAND…IT’S ACTUALLY AN ODD FEELING BUT ALSO MOST WONDERFUL IN IT’S BEAUTY!!
UNFORTUNATELY THIS ITEM CAN NOT BE SOLD ON EBAY DUE TO THE SIZE AND WEIGHT OF IT. ONLY ITEMS CONTAINING A PERCENTAGE OF IVORY SUCH AS “INLAID” FURNITURE AND SIMILAR ITEMS ARE ALLOWED. I AM AN EBAY SELLER AND HAVE AN ESTABLISHED ACCOUNT WITH 100% POSITIVE FEEDBACK AND A VERIFIED PAYPAL ACCOUNT SO BE ASSURED THIS TRANSACTION IS REAL AND I AM A TRUSTWORTHY,HONEST SELLER. I AM WILLING TO PROVIDE ANY IDENTITY INFORMATION IF REQUIRED. :)IVORY CARVING AFRICAN RITUAL TOKEN 500+ YEARSIVORY CARVING AFRICAN RITUAL TOKEN 500+ YEARSIVORY CARVING AFRICAN RITUAL TOKEN 500+ YEARS
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Now you can know if your ivory is legal!

High-Tech response to crime

JULIAN RUSH: A state-of-the-art particle accelerator is used to count
the Carbon-14 atoms in the sample. The use of such a high-tech machine
as this against wildlife crime is the result of a new collaboration
between forensic scientists, conservationists, and police and customs.

This accelerator mass spectrometer is normally used to date bones
for archaeologists or rocks for geologists. It’s the first time this
sophisticated carbon-dating technique has been used in a case of
wildlife crime. It brings a new weapon to the fight against an illegal
trade in animal parts and products that some have estimated is worth
more than a billion pounds a year.

DR. ROSS MCEWING, Trade Wildlife Forensics Network: We now are able
to fully enforce the wildlife trade legislation. Before, we weren’t
able to do that. So it opens the door, really, for police to use funds
and to actually go after people who are trading in ivory.

JULIAN RUSH: The dating technique was used in court. Though the
woman accused of illegally trading ivory was acquitted, her defense did
not challenge the science.

HEATHER SOHL, WWF-UK: We still believe that forensic tests such as
the one used in this case are very strong and should be used where
possible in order to help the enforcement authorities to actually stop
these traders. So it won’t stop us from supporting forensic test
development nor in their use by enforcement authorities. It’s a key
step to make sure that in the future there are successful prosecutions.

JULIAN RUSH: This ivory was recovered from poachers in Kenya in
April. Because of the trade in fake antique ivory, the number of
elephants killed is rising again. Conservationists hope now they can
date ivory scientifically and accurately, the forgers will think again
and the elephants will live.