St. George Reef Light


“St. George Reef Light” black and white scrimshaw on pre-ban African ivory by David Smith. No, this is not a matched set of whale’s teeth, but hand carved “teeth” out of pre-ban ivory by the late Ken Fredericks who also created the magnificent stand. He was quite a talent and is still missed. Smith has depicted the well known Northern California lighthouse, St. George Reef. His detail and stipple work are unsurpassed. This is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Excellent opportunity to add a truly unique piece to your collection at 1990s price.

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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