Ivory decorative swords

Jan 17, 2018. 14:43 UTC
Ivory decorative swords
Dan
United States of America

Category
Antiques & curio

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

34 inches by 8 inches the handles are made out of wood and the sword part is made out of ivory I believe they came from Africa or India my father and grandfather went on Safaris and I believe they bought it when they were there

Provenance

I got them from my father

Answered within 2 days
Jan 19, 20:56 UTC
By Klaus

Fair Market Value

$200 - $300 USD

Insurance Value

$500 USD
What does this mean?

A set of eight theater or training swords, late 20th century, grip and guard made from wood, guard chip carved as seen in tramp art, blade most likely made from bone ( I think I can see some of the sponge like bone structure on one of the blades)
The size of the bone would suggest that the blade was made from large non european animals. I assume these swords were used in India for some sort of ritual sword dance. If it was ivory you would need CITES permits for each sword, which would exceed the value of the swords.
The estimate is based on the set of eight, no comparable swords have been offered in the recent past.

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