Learning the Game


“Learning the Game” black and white scrimshaw on pre-ban African Ivory by Martin Bandy. Three crewmen are intently playing some type of game as others watch. A very young crewman, who is not playing, is observing, learning the rules, strategy and other nuances of the game. In a few short years he may be invited to participate. Great details of the shadow of the rigging crossing the deck, the coiled lines and the lines and block framing the scrimshaw on the left side. Martin Bandy passed away years ago, but was considered on of the very best nautical scrimshanders of his time. His work almost never appears today as collectors are reticent to let go of any Bandy works in their collections. This was created in  1977 and is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. Obviously, you won’t see another like this again.

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.

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