Fossil Walrus Ivory Carving – Swan created by unknown artist. Beautiful color in this piece of ancient walrus tusk ivory, the result of minerals that were absorbed into the ivory over hundreds and hundreds of years. Excellent detail with each feather carefully delineated.
Ancient Walrus Jawbone Carving – Frogs and Tadpoles created by unknown artist. Very nice work on this jawbone. The nice color is the result of minerals that were absorbed into the ivory as it was buried for hundreds and hundreds of years. Excellent price on this one.
This is ancient walrus tusk jawbone found in the Northern Bering Sea area. The material is 500-1500 years old and is occasionally found in ancient Eskimo camp and hunting sites. The marvelous colors are the result of minerals that have been absorbed into the jawbone over hundreds and hundreds of years. Obviously this material cannot be replenished, making it quite collectible and valuable.
“Hawaiian Islands” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Ray Peters. Fine work by well known scrimshander, Peters on an ancient walrus ivory net sinker. This was used hundreds of years ago by natives in the Northern Bering Sea area. It is rare to see both holes completely intact. The entire island chain is depicted as well as a passing whaler and sounding whale. This one has it all.
“Silverback Stare” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Intense stare by this silverback gorilla. One wonders if someone or something is on his turf. Beautifully done by Adams, this should be keeper for any serious scrimshaw collector. Not sure how the ivory was used, but the scoring marks on the back indicate that it was definitely used by natives hundreds of years a ago.
“Playful Young Gorilla” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Ready to grasp the next vine, this young gorilla is having a great time. Fine composition by Adams on this artifact. Ivory was used as a digging or scraping tool hundreds of years ago by natives in the Northern Bering Sea area. Outstanding work at a great price.
“Hungry Bengal Tiger” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Bengal tigers are stealthy hunters and this one appears ready to strike.
Excellent work by Adams, as usual. Ivory was rounded and shaped, but not sure how it was used. However, we are sure that this is a keeper!
“Full Moon Howl” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by David Adams. Just a bit of surface ivory remained on this shard, but it was well enough for Adams to create a first rate work. Amazing composition to fit the young wolf perfectly into the enamel. Great piece, at a great price!
“Lynx Canadensis” color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Ivory used as a scraping or digging tool hundreds of years ago. The lynx is a large, short-tailed cat, similar to the bobcat, but distinguished by its long legs, furry feet, the long tufts on the tip of each ear, and a black-tipped tail. The large broad feet function as snowshoes to aid the lynx in winter hunting and traveling. The dense soft fur is buffy grey with indistinct spotting. Most adults weigh from 18 to 30 pounds (8.2–13.6 kg). Male lynx are generally larger than females and occasionally weigh 40 pounds (18.2 kg) or more.
“Clipper Flying Cloud” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Smith. Donald McKay’s most famous and fastest clipper, the Flying Cloud set records between New York and San Francisco that stood for over a century! Rare artifact used as a spear point hundreds of years ago. Note the shaping at the bottom where it was attached.