Tusk

Nov 17, 2021. 00:56 UTC
Tusk
Jonathan
United States of America

Category
Antiques & curio

Acquired from
Gallery/Dealer

For sale
Yes
Description

25” x 2"

Provenance

unknown

Answered within about 11 hours
Nov 17, 11:27 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$3,000 - $5,000 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$5,000 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

Scrimshaw mammoth ivory tusk
by George Vukson, carved in the late 20th Century; date of mammoth tusk indeterminate
Depicting mammoth hunters, signed VUKSON at one end, mounted on a bone stand
25 inches long
CONDITION: mammoth tusk with inherent age; carving appears to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: inherited
$3,000-5,000*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Jonathan rieg Nov 22, 01:07 UTC

Is this Ivory?

Delia Nov 22, 12:52 UTC

Hard to say. I've never seen an ivory tusk so internally deteriorated. If you apply a red-hot pin to the underside and it burns, it will be ivory (or some natural bone material); if it melts, it is a synthetic material.

Jonathan rieg Nov 24, 01:33 UTC

Woolly Mammoth https://www.russianamericancompany.com/mammoth-ivory-saber-tooth-scrimshaw-by-george-vukson/

Delia Nov 24, 12:38 UTC

Surprised I didn't find that on my initial search so thank you!
Their $8,900 asking price is a retail value; since Mearto appraises at a fair-market value, I've adjusted my valuation according to industry standards.

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