Masterfully Carved Netsuke


“Masterfully Carved Netsuke” intricately carved netsuke created by talented unknown carver on pre-ban Ivory. Unbelievable detail in this gem, from the detail of the cap and chin strap to the detail in the instruments in each hand.. Note the detail in the overbite. It is a signed piece (on the sole) as well. This is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. He collected only the very best scrimshaw, and, I assume, the same goes for his carving collection. This was carved in Japan prior to 1973 when the CITES ban was enacted, so work of this caliber rarely becomes available today. A piece to be cherished and passed down from generation to generation.


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 Florida. It can be purchased directly from our website and shipped only to an address within the state of Florida. If one has a relative, trusted friend or business associate within the state of Florida, 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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