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Full Large Fossil Ivory Walrus Tusk Collected 1950 Aleut
This tusk is very large and heavy. the outer layer has already been removed and the tusk partially polished. The root end is approximately 4", the rest is solid to the tip with lovely color. Superb for a major ivory collection as a full tusk or a massive supply for knife handles, scrimshaw or jewelry making. Measures 23.5 inches long, 3 1/4 inches wide at the widest and 2 1/4 inches thick at the thickest of the solid ivory, larger at the root opening. Weight is approx. 4.5 pounds. A rare opportunity to have a full monumental fossil ivory walrus tusk for your collection, the size is amazing.
This outstanding compete 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 parchments 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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