09-28-2017, 09:46 PM
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  • Shaun
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This wonderful little object seems to be dated to February 1966, going by the marks on the base (pictured). I am quite sure it's a small walrus tooth, and it depicts a fisherman (or woman?) landing a fish. It is quite a heavy little thing, and quite small and has a beautiful patina. Clearly, some care has gone into its making and I am glad to have rescued it from the shelf of a charity shop. I paid very little for it.
I am not selling it, but I think it's probably quite valuable.

Are there any experts here? Anyone have an opinion? I am a little uncomfortable with ivory, but this is old enough, and as I say, better I rescued it than it to fall into the hands of someone careless where it might have been broken.

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 09-29-2017, 04:00 PM
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Is it a tooth, or a tusk? Anyone??

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 10-15-2017, 01:21 PM
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Wow, that is really cool. Have you thought about taking it to a taxidermist?

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 10-15-2017, 05:53 PM
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very interesting.  I'd say tooth for sure.  I agree....probably walrus.

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 10-15-2017, 06:04 PM
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Yes, it's walrus, but I am not an expert in Inuit carving as a general field. I wrote to a few Inuit carving museum experts in Canada, but no-one replied. Oh well. I was really trying to work out where it was carved and maybe even the name of the artist.

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