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Old 09-02-2008, 11:22 PM
 
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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, 08:02 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, 04:55 PM
 
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Maybe Sity_Data could shed some light on that.
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Old 06-09-2011, 05:33 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.

YOU CAN SELL ANYTHING - !! ANYONE CAN !!

Except for: "RAW WHITE WALRUS IVORY"

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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