Victorian Women at Leisure


“Victorian Women at Leisure” black and white scrimshaw on matched set (brush and mirror) by Karen Reno. This set was done by Karen in the late 90s and is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. The set was probably made in England and used by someone there, judging from the coloration on the mirror from the hand oils transferring to the mirror over the years. Boar bristles show very little wear. We had the incredible stands made before Reno worked her magic. You will not see work like this today on this type of material. The original owner acquired the set for $6000.00.


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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