Antique Ivory


Antique Ivory is quite a prized collectible. You can find all types of amazing treasures throughout the world. Searching on the Internet or going to museums, you can see many pieces in all shapes and sizes.

If you would like help determining whether your pieces are ivory or plastic we can help. We can also help you establish antique and vintage ivory value.

Ivory Eagle Pair & Catch!



Beautiful pair of eagles hand carved by native Alaskan artist. They look great and stand about 2.5" tall.

Alaskan Ivory Polar Bear & Seal!



Very nice hand carved ivory polar bear with seal catch. This is another great Alaskan Artist piece from our antiques mall.

Alaskan Ivory Seal!



Hand carved Alaskan Ivory seal. This is another nice ivory piece by an Alaskan Artist.

Ivory Scrimshaw Ship!



This is a very detailed ivory scrimshaw ship. It was done by a very skilled artist and looks great.

Ivory Scrimshaw Whaling Scene!



Great ivory scrimshaw piece with very detailed whaling scene.
Humans have been carving ivory for centuries, dating back to prehistoric times. Many people from many countries have carved ivory for a variety of reasons. Some were carved for religious purposes, some guarded the dead as they entered their next life, others were crafted as jewelry or personal ornamentation, some ivory became useful items and yet others were carved as enhancements for the home.



Ivory is found in so many diverse forms and from so many different countries that many people collect it. There are pieces that can be found for any budget from small brooches to large carved elephant tusks. Due to the vast amount of these antique treasures available, a collector can spend a lifetime learning about and acquiring special pieces.



Very early carvings have been found dating back to the Stone Age about 20,000 years ago. Carved ivory has also been found in ancient tombs in Egypt and China dating back to 3000 BC. The Romans, as far back as 500 AD made many religious items of carved ivory including fine boxes, elaborate ivory panels and religious items. Remarkable ivory triptychs have been found from the Byzantine Era. Ivory carvings were very popular in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Japan is famous for its small netsuke carvings. Netsukes were used when men wore kimonos and had no pockets. They were used as a toggle attached to a cord to hold small boxes for tobacco & other personal items.

Elephant ivory is the largest source of ivory found. It is the largest both in actual size and quantity. Sperm whale teeth were used by the Inuit (Eskimo) tribes and by sailors who hunted whales. Many sperm whale teeth were carved by sailors to pass idle hours when out at sea. They would incise intricate scenes on the teeth. This type of ivory work is called scrimshaw. Walrus tusks are another source of ivory found in antique carvings. Some were carved into game boards, talismans, jewelry, hairpins and more.




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Very early carvings have been found dating back to the Stone Age about 20,000 years ago. Carved ivory has also been found in ancient tombs in Egypt and China dating back to 3000 BC. The Romans, as far back as 500 AD made many religious items of carved ivory including fine boxes, elaborate ivory panels and religious items. Remarkable ivory triptychs have been found from the Byzantine Era. Ivory carvings were very popular in China during the Ming and Qing dynasties (1368-1911). Japan is famous for its small netsuke carvings. Netsukes were used when men wore kimonos and had no pockets. They were used as a toggle attached to a cord to hold small boxes for tobacco & other personal items.

Elephant ivory is the largest source of ivory found. It is the largest both in actual size and quantity. Sperm whale teeth were used by the Inuit (Eskimo) tribes and by sailors who hunted whales. Many sperm whale teeth were carved by sailors to pass idle hours when out at sea. They would incise intricate scenes on the teeth. This type of ivory work is called scrimshaw. Walrus tusks are another source of ivory found in antique carvings. Some were carved into game boards, talismans, jewelry, hairpins and more.



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