Comely brunette scrimshaw knife by Karen Reno on pre-ban African Ivory. Without a doubt, Reno did some of the very best black and white nudes during her time creating scrimshaw. She is no longer working and her work seldom comes on the open market today. Not sure about the identity of the knife maker but the knife itself is outstanding. This is from the collection on one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Note the gemstones on both sides of the thumbstud set in 14k gold. Great time to add a rare Karen Reno piece at a bargain price.
This scrimshaw is done on pre-ban African ivory. Since the passage of the CITIES Treaty in 1973, there has been no African ivory brought into the U.S. However, ivory that was in the U.S. prior to 1973 can be legally sold and shipped within the U.S. However, new legislation taking effect in 2016 restricts pre-ban African Ivory from being shipped interstate. It can only legally be shipped intrastate, (within the state). All of our pre-ban ivory is located with our associate in the state of Ohio. It can be purchased directly from our website and shipped only to an address within the state of Ohio. If one has a relative, trusted friend or business associate within the state of Ohio, we can ship to that specified address in order to comply with the new Federal legislation. The scrimshaw can then be forwarded it to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions email or call us.