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Keys To The Identification Of Ivory
~ Excerpted from California Homes, December, 2005.
By Lisa G. Erickson and Terry S. Gross, Urban Chateau

From precious gems and metals to tortoiseshell and ivory, exotic natural materials have earned an esteemed place in the decorative arts. The ability to distinguish between the actual material and the imitation is important to the collector. As antiquaries we have had many experiences vetting antique pieces crafted with both fake and authentic elephant ivory. In this article we would like to share what we look for and why.

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