Color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Kelly Mulford. A 1983 work by the late Kelly Mulford, one of the best known of the early contemporary West Coast scrimshanders. It is extremely rare to see Mulford’s work appearing for sale today. Most collectors prize his scrimshaw and few would ever part with it. This is from a long time collector who is no longer with us. He had most of his collection mounted on oak stands as can be seen here with the intention of mounting brass plaques on the front with the title and name of the artist. He never got around to that, however. This is done on a first class artifact. The ancient walrus tusk was used as an ice axe hundreds and hundreds of years ago by Eskimos in the northern Bering Sea area. It weighs 2 1/2 lbs! Not much of this caliber available today. Don’t know when we will see another collection of this quality again.