Color scrimshaw on pre-ban African ivory by Gary Williams. Quite a departure for Williams, who usually does portraits featuring mountain men, Native Americans or portraits of Moby Dick characters. Perfect example of Art Deco motif, bright colors and intricate designs throughout. This is a subject matter seldom seen in contemporary scrimshaw circles. The stand itself is another work of art that mirrors the deco style. Intricate inlay of colorful abalone, etc. Great addition for any fine scrimshaw collection.
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.