Nelson and Victory


“Nelson and Victory” black and white scrimshaw on handmade antique pre-ban African Ivory brushes by David Smith. Extremely rare ivory brushes, made in England, probably between 1850 to 1880 in original leather case. These were for the gentry of the era and the boar bristles are in excellent condition. Many scrimshanders prefer not to work such extreme convex material because it is almost impossible to get the proportions correct. Smith has completely nailed this one. The case itself shows very little wear. Would love to know the complete story of these. Don’t think another pair of these will show up soon.

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

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