African Elephant Ivory PROPOSED
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Legal pre-ban African elephant ivory tusks, sections, slabs, blocks and cross cuts. The material of choice for gun grips, knife handles, musical instruments, cue sticks, pens, inlays, duck calls and carving. We have been supplying artists and collectors for over 35 years with legal pre-ban ivory. If you need a special cut you don’t see below, please inquire—we will do our best to get you what you need.

The great beauty of elephant ivory is due to its warm creamy color and rich grain patterns. The grain changes with the lighting angle, a phenomenon exhibited in opal and tiger's eye and known as chatoyancy. Elephant ivory crosscut or end grain reveals an outer ring of bark or cementum surrounding the inner ivory, which exhibits growth rings and a fascinating moire pattern known as “Schreger lines.” To these qualities add the fact that it is the choicest of carving materials and that it takes a natural shine as lustrous as rubbed lacquer. The natural beauty found in elephant ivory is quite simply enchanting. All of the elephant ivory we offer for sale was imported before the ban and is purchased from estates. No permits are required for sales, shipping or ownership of this ivory within the U.S.

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Elephant ivory is excellent for scrimshaw, carving, knife handles, pistol grips, jewelry, musical instruments, cue sticks, inlay, pens, duck calls, crafts and repairs. For working with ivory and bone instructions click here.

Roughed "blocks" for turning on a lathe (see mammoth ivory for export-legal cues).
(A) 9/16" sq. x 1" long
(B) 9/16" sq. x 1-1/4" long
(C) 5/8" sq. x 1" long
(D) 5/8" sq. x 1-1/4" long


Just as a tree reveals its life story in the cross cut view of its trunk, an elephant's life history is recorded in its tusks. Just as stones emit energy, ivory too has energy. The story of each elephant is recorded on the growth rings and Schreger lines, each as unique as fingerprints. Feel the energy, see the story, get these talismans while you can. We have a selection of pieces already cut in various sizes with the thickness ranging from 1/8" to 1/4". Many of these pieces have the black age cracks that form near the tip of a tusk. They will not get worse; they were in the tusk as it grew and add character. The small cross cuts can be used as pendants, brooches, or bolos or for carrying as unique touchstones. Larger slices are good for scrimshaw belt buckles or display pieces. The hoop slices are cut from the hollow and make unique “jungle jewelry” center pieces. If you need larger, thinner, or thicker slices or pieces without age cracks, please inquire about our cutting current stock. Slices up to 6" diameter are sometimes available. These are sanded smooth, but we can polish one or both sides for scrimshaw or maximum handling and viewing pleasure. We can also shape them into discs, teardrops, etc. If you are not “set up” to polish ivory, you should consider letting us handle it. For a few dollars more, you will get a fine finish without the hassle. The pieces shown are priced at $2.00 per gram unpolished.

The pieces below are examples, we can cut thinner slices to lower the cost or thicker slices will increase it.

Small Random Elephant Tusk
Cross-cuts -

Small random cross-cuts approx. 3/16" thick - $6.00 each /10 or more $5.00 each.

Medium Random Elephant Tusk
Cross-cuts -

Medium random cross-cuts approx. 3/16" thick - $15.00 each.
10 or more $12.50 each.

(A) 3/16" thick x 1-1/8" to 1-1/2" in dia.

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(B) 1/8" thick x 1-1/2" to 1-5/8" in dia.
(C) 1/8" thick x 1-3/8" to 1-1/2" in dia.
(D) 3/16" thick x 1-5/8" to 2" in dia.
(E) 3/16" thick x 1-3/4" to 2-1/8" in dia.
(F) 3/16" thick x 2-3/4" to 3-1/2" in dia.
(G) 1/4" thick x 2-1/2" to 2-1/2" in dia.
(H) 3/16" thick x 1-3/4" to 2" in dia.
(I) 1/8" thick x 1-3/4" to 2-1/2" in dia.
(J) 3/16" thick x 2-1/8" to 2-5/8" in dia.
(K) 7/32" thick x 2-1/4" to 3" in dia.
(L) 1/8" thick x 3" to 3-1/4" in dia.

Heavy cast sterling silver bails like shown on “B” are $2.50 installed they have two facing prongs that go into a tiny hole drilled front to back in the ivory piece when the bail is pinched. They are attractive, very secure and allow ample room for chains or cords. They can be installed on any slices.
(M) 3/16" thick x 2-1/4" to 2-5/8" dia. Some of the boldest, tawniest Schreger soaked growth rings I have ever seen, unbelievable - $50.00
(N) 1/8" thick x 2-1/8" to 2-1/2" dia. This is as good as it gets, with the perfect shape, a tiny nerve, full and perfect bark ring, very rich color, good growth rings, well defined Schreger lines all the way the to the center (very unusual), and waves of light radiating like spokes from the center. Quite possibly the tastiest speciman I have ever seen, though certainly not the largest - $100.00
(O) 3/16" thick x 3" to 3-3/8" dia. A truly beautiful piece, with almost hypnotic rings - $135.00
(P) 1/4" thick x 4-1/2" to 5" dia. This one's got it all including the sunburst halo. This piece is special it was taken before its time, sliced before the tusks had had enough years of curing (drying), and it tells the tale with its slightly pringleish warp, the very reason for the upper left "shadow" - $285.00

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The above are some exceptional examples
of extreme figure, almost too nice to do
anything to except marvel and
share the show with others.


(Q.) 3/16" to 1/4" thick by 5 to 5-7/8" dia.
As shown - $225.00

(R.) 3/16" to 1/4" thick by 4-1/2" to 5" dia.
As shown - $225.00

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Set of 4 consecutive polished crosscuts measuring
3/16" thick x 1-1/2 to 1-3/4" dia. - $120.00
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(A) 5" to 5-1/2" dia. x 7-1/2+" long $431.00
(B) 4-1/2" to 5-1/2" dia. to 13+" long (cracked) $500.00
(C) 4" to 4-3/4" dia. x 6-3/4" long (partial-crack) $370.00
(D) 3-3/4" to 4-1/4" dia. tx 4-3/4+" long (cracked) $125.00
(E) 4" to 4-3/4" dia. x 7-3/4+" long $345.00
(F) 4" to 4-1/4" dia. x 3+" long SOLD
(G) 1-3/4" to 2-1/4" dia. x 4-1/2+" long SOLD
(H) 5-1/4" dia. x 2-3/8" to 2-7/8" long $145.00
(I) 4-3/8" dia. x 2" to 3-1/8" long $145.00
(J) 3-3/4" dia. x 2-7/8" to 3-3/4" long SOLD
(K) 5-3/4" dia. x 1-5/8" to 2-1/4" long SOLD
(L) 4-15/16" dia. x 3-1/8" to 3-1/2" long $227.00
(M) 4-1/4" dia. x 2-1/8" to 2-3/4" $115.00
RE03-H ELEPHANT TUSK HOLLOWS - Cut from the big end of the tusk that is hollow. Hollows are used for making boxes, pen holders, letter openers and jewelry. The thinnest part can be cut into jewelry or scrimshawed and put on a base. One end of a hollow will have a thicker wall than the other, some of the most beautiful ivory grain comes from the hollow ends. The hollows pictured are a range of what may be available, please call for current selection.
Currently Available Small Elephant Tusk Hollows
(1.) $30.00 (2.) $42.50 (3.) $20.00
(4.) Sold (5.) $27.50 (6.) $40.00
(7.) Sold (8.) $27.50 (9.) $62.50
(10.) Sold (11.) Sold (12.) $50.00
(13.) $30.00 (14.) $27.50 (15.) $42.50
(16.) Sold (17.) $45.00 (18.) Sold
Smallest measurements are listed - prices from $20.00 to $115.00
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Pre Ban African Elephant Tusks For Sale
in March we will be offering some small, medium
and large (up to 100 pounds) whole tusks for sale,
display or cutting. If you are interested in getting images
and prices please call 1-800-423-1945
get on the contact list for the March offering.

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just a little peak at our March offering!

The African elephant tusks on this page are legally imported vintage pre-ban (pre 1976) and were purchased from individuals and estates. Our sources are American sons and daughters, selling us something they legally own (usually inherited) and have decided to sell. They cannot be shipped out of the U.S.

4-1/2" at bases by 51" long around the curve, one tusk is polished, the other is not (could be) a handsome little pair of pre ban bull tusks stamped with WL1368 and WL1369. Bargain priced - $10,000

A beautiful set taken in 1972. Measuring 67" around the curve with spectacular copper bases - $25,000 (OBO) Dog not included!

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This fabulous massive pair of nicely matched curved tusks were taken in 1972, they were 92 pounds each and are 8'6" long around the curve. It is no longer possible to find elephants with this size tusks in Africa. Priced at only $40,000.


Sorry this pair is sold, call now to get information on smaller tusks!

This is the last of our Scrap Ivory!
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Approximately one pound shown in picture.

Old stock with very small pieces of trims from mostly 1/8” thick slabs, would be great for making real ivory heishi or doing tiny inlay. Some pieces are suitable for making ivory tooth picks. The pieces are small but the price is too - $8.00 per pound, 5 pounds - $30.00, 10 pounds - $50.00 until we sell out.


This is a mix of up to 1/4" with odd thickness crosscuts and thin hollow trims and other cuts. This is really good useable material for making smaller jewelry cabochons and small carved charms - $35.00 per pound, 5 pounds - $150.00


This scrap has never been offered before, hollow Scrap some thick some thinner this is great material - $35.00 per pound.


This scrap has never been offered before, mostly 1/8" up to 1/4" thick some a bit thicker this shows the incredible end grain and growth rings for jewelry, earrings, pocket knife scales - $40.00 per pound or 3 pounds for $110.00 only about 50 pounds of this incredible pre 1976 material available.



This scrap has never been offered before, mostly 5/8" thick pieces great for small carvings or carving hooks etc. - OUT OF STOCK!


The first cut from a tusk section with curved backside and eye-popping figure as shown. This is great for scrimshaw display or cutting up for jewelry, most are 4 1/2" long width varies as shown, about 1/8'" thick in center - $75.00 per pound, less than 10 pounds of this.

The solid or nearly solid part of a tusk for slabbing or carving. If you have a band saw this is more economical than buying slabs. We usually have a range of diameters and we can cut to length whether you need an inch or a several feet, please call for a quote.

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Section (ETS-5) 4-1/2" tall by 2-1/4" x 2-5/8" (end 1) and 2-1/8" x 3-1/2" (end 2) - $395.00

ELEPHANT TUSK TIPS - The magical “business end” some are elegant and beautiful, some chipped and others are just odd, each is an unique display piece.

Over the next few months we will be selling off our current inventory while we still can!

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Tusk Tip (ETP-C)
5-1/2" tall by 2" to 2-3/4"
at base for display -
Tusk Tip (ETP-D)
6-3/4" tall by 1-5/8" to 2-1/4"
at base for display -

Large Battle Scarred Tusk Tip
Over 6-1/2" tall and 3" to 3-1/2" at base - $695.00

Tusk Tips (ESTP A thru J)
(A.) 1/2" x 3/4" to 1" at base - $15.00 (F.) 3/4" x 3/4" to 1" at base - $22.50
(B.) 9/16" x 7/8" to 1-1/4" at base - $18.00 (G.) 1-5/8" x 1" to 1-3/16" - $45.00
(C.) 1" x 3/4" to 1-1/2" at base - $18.00 (H.)1-1/8" x 1" to 1-1/2" - $45.00
(D.) 5/8" x 1" to 1-1/4" at base - $20.00 (I.) 1-3/8" x 1" to 1-13/4" at base - $68.00
(E.) 3/4" x 3/4" to 1-1/16" at base - $20.00 (J.) 1/2" x 3/4" to 1" at base - $15.00

We have California Legal African Elephant Ivory!

All of the African elephant ivory we buy and sell was legally imported before 1988 some as hunting trophies, some for commercial use. We have some African Elephant ivory with documentation proving legal importation prior to June 1, 1977. According to the California Penal Code wording taken from California Department Fish and Game web site "Penal Code section 653o does not apply to the sale of elephant items imported prior to June 1, 1977". This ivory predates and is exempt from the penal code regulations and misdemeanor fines and is legal to buy and sell within California. An affidavit will accompany this ivory that is shipped into California.

RE07 SLABS - ELEPHANT IVORY for knife handles, scrimshaw or jewelry, cut with the grain. Our slabs are smooth and flat, and true to size; just let us know your finished size so you don’t pay for more than you really need. Prices may vary a bit as slabs may be thicker or slightly oversize—we pick them out as close to ordered size as possible. Because some slabs taper in width, you may save money if you give us your width requirements for both ends (or smallest end anyway). We can cut slabs to the thickness you require but generally only in 3" length or 4-1/2" length. At times we do not have slabs over 2-1/2" wide, so to avoid delays, please order the narrowest slabs you require, i.e., if you need a pair of 1-1/4" wide slabs, please don't order a 2-1/2" wide slab, order a pair of 1-1/4" wide slabs.
Elephant Ivory Slabs - sizes & prices approx.
(A) 1/8" thick x 1" wide x 3" long
$15.00 ea
(B) 1/8" thick x 1-1/2" wide x 3" long
$22.50 ea
(C) 1/8" thick x 2" wide x 3" long
$30.00 ea
(D) 1/8" thick x 1" wide x 4-1/2" long
$22.50 ea
(E) 1/8" thick x 1-1/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$28.00 ea
(F) 1/8" thick x 1-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$35.00 ea
(G) 1/8" thick x 2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$45.00 ea
(H) 1/8" thick x 2-1/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$50.00 ea
(I) 1/8" thick x 2-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$57.50 ea
(J) 1/8" thick x 2-3/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$62.50 ea
(JJ) 1/8" thick x 1" wide x 6" long (Razor Scales)
$30.00 ea
(K) 1/4" thick x 1" wide x 3" long
$30.00 ea
(L) 1/4" thick x 1-1/2" wide x 3" long
$45.00 ea
(M) 1/4" thick x 2" wide x 3" long
$60.00 ea
(N) 1/4" thick x 1" wide x 4-1/2" long
$45.00 ea
(O) 1/4" thick x 1-1/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$55.00 ea
(P) 1/4" thick x 1-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$67.50 ea
(Q) 1/4" thick x 1-3/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$75.00 ea
(R) 1/4" thick x 2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$90.00 ea
(S) 1/4" thick x 2-1/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$100.00 ea
(T) 1/4" thick x 2-1/2" wide x 4-1/2" long
$112.50 ea
(U) 1/4" thick x 2-3/4" wide x 4-1/2" long
$125.00 ea
Please Inquire.

These have spectacular grain and are polished, these have been selected over 30 years as the best of the best, for display or scrimshaw, 1/8" thick except for the large one it is 3/16" thick.

Usually under 3" in length 1/8" to 3/16" thick, priced as shown.

RE08 ELEPHANT IVORY BLOCKS For knife handles, cue butts, joints, duck calls, pen blanks, luthiers, etc. This ivory is thoroughly cured and crack free, of course. Maximum block length is generally 4-1/2" to 5" long; shorter pieces are no problem. Consider using walrus, hippo or mammoth ivory for a different look and feel and price, please inquire.
(A) 1/2" x 1/2" - $10.00 per lineal inch. (B) 5/8" x 5/8" - $16.00 per lineal inch. (C) 3/4" x 3/4" - $30.00 per lineal inch. (D) 1" x 1" - $40.00 per lineal inch.

Joint material with approx. wood depth half-way through.
(1.) 1-1/4" diameter x 1-3/8" tall - $50.00 (4.) 1-3/16" diameter x 1" tall - SOLD
(2.) 1-5/8" diameter x 1" tall - $50.00 (5.) 1-1/8" diameter x 1" tall - SOLD
(3.) 1-1/4" diameter x 1" tall - SOLD (6.) 1-1/16" diameter x 1" tall - SOLD

A few pics of tusks from our shop and showroom.
Jim and Shorty
Resident Artist & Shop
Manager - Jim Lansberry
Jim in the Shop

"The Boss" David Boone
Tina, Mariann, David, Sandy, Jim and Shorty

Please Note: Orders for merchandise totaling less
than $50.00 are charged a $5.00 processing fee.

Page last updated: April 17, 2014

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