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NOS Scrimshaw Pendants Lot
HK Item #BBS27
Paula says - "Scrimshaw refers to engraving and carving done on bone or ivory. Typically it refers to pieces created by whalers made from the bones and teeth of whales and the tusks of walruses.
"The items shown here are NOS - New Old Stock in their original boxes - made in the 1970s but never used. They may or may not be Native American made. They are what they are."
Ivory comes from the tusks of animals such as the elephant, hippos, and walrus. Fresh ivory is hard, white and opaque. The importation and sale of fresh ivory in many countries has been banned or severely restricted over the past decades to protect the animals from which it is taken.
Fossilized ivory is very old ivory (from 1,000 to 10,000+ years old) that has been buried long enough to become cream-colored, yellowish or sepia. It is not fully mineralized like prehistoric dinosaur bone so remains softer than stone and is easy to carve and form for jewelry. Since fossilized ivory does not involve the killing of animals it can legally be traded and is in full compliance with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulations.