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I have searched all over the web and I find your site to be the most informative and well put together. I hope you can help me. I have a carved ivory tusk (elephant) which is about 30 inches from tip to base. I did quite a bit of research and found out that it is pre ban ivory (1985), the identification written on the inside is a CITES registration, so I am pretty sure it is real ivory originating in South Africa.
I also tried to find information on the carver, Phillip Mabala. I know he is from Lebowe, South Africa and thats all I could find on him. I did the pin test and it passed, I also tried to get a good closeup of the base crosshatching. I have two of these tusks and I am thinking about selling them, I have no idea what they are worth and I don’t want to under price them. The work is exquisite and so different than any I have seen. I would greatly appreciate any advice or information you may be able to give.
Thank you so much!
This is definitely a legitimate Ivory tusk. If you were to sell it, you would want to make sure to market it as “Historic Ivory” which is the term used for pre-ban Ivory.
Of course these would be unique, because they are hand carved, and very well carved I might add.
The market for these has sunk a bit because eBay no longer allows the selling of any kind of Ivory, even pre-ban items.
- Retail value for each: $1,250-$1,500
- Wholesale: $800-$900
- Quick sale: $350-$500
- pre-ban Ivory
- hand carved tusks
- Elephant carved tusks
- historic Ivory
- Phillip Mabala
- South Africa
- CITES registration