This fossil ivory tusk is museum quality, monumentally large and heavy. The outer layer has been partially removed and the tusk outer surface partially polished. It is beautiful. The root end opening is approximately 1.5" deep, the rest is solid to the tip with lovely color. The tip has been removed or was found separate from the tusk but is here and will be included with the tusk. A rare opportunity to own such a monumental fossil ivory tusk, it would be superb for a major ivory collection as a full tusk or a massive supply for knife handles, scrimshaw or jewelry making. Measures 25.5 inches long, 28.25" with the separate tip;. It is 3 1/4 inches wide at the widest and 2 1/4-21/2" inches thick at the thickest of the solid ivory, about 2 at the root opening. A rare opportunity to have a full monumental fossil ivory walrus tusk for your collection, the size and color are breathtaking.
This full fossil ivory tusk is from the Estate of the widow of Eugene Smith who was in the US Forestry. In 1950 he was sent to the Pribilof Islands (formerly the Northern Fur Seal Islands) to manage the fur trade for the US government. He and his wife lived on St. Paul one of the 4 volcanic islands that sit off the coast of Alaska and approximately 40 miles north of the Artic Circle. He was well liked by the populous and received gifts and a Chamber of Commerce commendation written on hide parchement for his service to the Aleuts and the community. He returned to Oregon by 1960, this is part of his collection
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