This was my Great Aunt’s. I believe it is an ivory tusk. The tusk is 12 inches high and on the stand it stands about 13 ½ inches high.
AW says: Hello Dana, that’s a beautiful item, but I’m dubious that it’s authentic ivory, here’s why. The wooden base and the pins in the bottom are usually, (but not always) and indicator of simulated ivory. No matter, I can tell you how to check and give you an appraisal based on either scenario.
How to test:
Take a needle or pin pinched withing a pair of pliers and heat the tip up until it’s glowing red, try to stick the pin into the bottom of the piece. If it sinks in at all, what you have is a piece of plastic or resin. If not then your piece is Ivory. Some plastics and resins are very hard, and the pin will only go in a VERY tiny amount. However, if the pin melts anything at all, your item is a fake.
If your items is real it would be circa 20th century and the following prices apply.
Retail value: $750-$900
Wholesale value: $400
Quick sale: $250
If it’s made of resin or plastic, $50 maximum.
Keywords = Ivory tusk, China, Oriental, Chinese, Scrimshaw
Thanks and good luck!