Dangerous Heavy Seas


“Dangerous Heavy Seas” black and white scrimshaw on pre-ban African Ivory by David Smith. Stunning composition by Smith here. One is immediately drawn into the scene. It is difficult to discern the time of day. It could be evening or morning, the storm is so intense all light has been altered. Smith’s signature stipple style of scrimshaw has never been better. The detail of the water crashing over the bulwark shows the strength of the storm. Very large slab of pristine ivory used here set in impressive ebony stand. This was done in 2013 and is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us.


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 to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions, email or call us.



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