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Old 09-02-2008, 10:22 PM
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Originally Posted by CarolinaCowboy View Post
My Grandfather (now deceased) left me an old, basket made from whale fibers of some type. He was in Alaska during the 50s and acquired it while visiting a Native village. It is black, woven of hard fibers and feels like plastic It stands about 10 inches tall by 7 or 8 inches wide. It has an ivory carved walrus on the lid. He acquired in the 1950s. I don't know much about it, my wife stores her rings in it. It is an interesting basket. Any ideas what it might be?
I'm thinking baleen. Can you post a picture of it?
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Old 06-08-2011, 07:02 PM
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I have a Oosik "Happy Bears" Ivory looks to be the same size as yours that was a gift when I lived in Ak, not signed, had sticker that said over 200 yrs old which is no longer on it. I also have a smaller "Happy Bears" Green Jade. I would like to get rid of both to someone who would appreciate, but I am confused with the law on selling the ivory.
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Old 06-09-2011, 03:55 PM
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Maybe Sity_Data could shed some light on that.
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:33 PM
Location: Point Hope Alaska
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The only law concerning Ivory - is that RAW WHITE walrus ivory untouched. NO scrimshaw, NO ART - cannot be sold except to AN INUPIAQ OR YUPIK native. Ossik's are exempt from this. TUSKS - is what this law applies to. An ossik is 90% bone. 10 % ivory only on the outside. TAGS are not required for an oosik.



Now if you purchase a tusk that has art on it; you can sell that no problem. You can also cut it up and make bracelets or what ever - there are no laws.

I would however document how you obtained that white ivory. YOU ARE SAFE.

It is simply amazing that a first time poster dug up a 3 year old thread!!

(chuckle) as soon as I saw that thread - I sure laughed so hard!

it was too obvious !! GOOD LUCK IN YOUR attempt to sell the ivory. You have nothing to worry about. Jade ? there's no laws against jade!!

It is amazing how many people skip over the very first paragraph of my thread "Work @ home etc. The very first thing mentioned is an indepth explanation on the laws on ivory
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