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.

One of a Kind/Ivory Items Page Elephant Ivory Netsuke Page - Sale Priced

We have a limited quantity of pure very fine preban african elephant ivory powder. This is not saw dust, it is as fine as flour, good for making bonded ivory or put it in your garden or your pet food as an exotic calcium supplement for stronger, longer bones, tusks and teeth - $15.00 per pound or five pounds for $60.00

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.
We can cut thinner slices to lower the cost or thicker slices will increase it.

Crosscut cabochons (flat polished) 35mm in
diameter x 1/8+ thick - $ 20.00 each
(C.) Thickness varies from 3/16" to 1/2" by 4-5/8"
to 5-1/2" dia. As shown - $125.00

(1.) - SOLD (2.) 1/16-3/16" thick x 2-3/8" to 2-3/4" dia.
w/gorgeous grain - $50.00

(3.) - SOLD (4.) 3/16" x 2-1/4 to 2-5/8" - $50.00
(5.) - SOLD

(6.) 1/4" x 1-1/2" to 2" - $25.00
(7.) - SOLD
(8.) 3/16" x 1-3/4" to 1-1/2" - $30.00
(9.) - SOLD

(10.) 1/8" x 2" to 2-1/2" - $38.00
(11.) 1/8" x 2-1/8" to 2-5/8" - $38.00
(12.) 1/8" x 1-7/8" to 3-3/4" - $45.00
(13.) 1/8" x 2" - $30.00

(14.) 1/8" x 2-1/8" to 2-5/8" - $38.00
(15.) - SOLD
(16.) 1/8" x 2" to 2-1/2" - $40.00
(17.) 1/8" x 2" to 2-3/8" - $40.00

(18.) 1/8" x 1-3/4" to 2-1/4" - $38.50
(19.) 1/8" x 1-3/4" to 2-1/4" - $38.50
(20.) - SOLD
(21.) 1/4" x 1-1/2" to 2" - $50.00

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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. ictured are a range of what may be available, please call for current selection.
(A) 3-1/2" to 4" dia. x 4-1/2"+ tall (cracked) $125.00
(B) 4" to 4-3/4" dia. x 3"+ tall $180.00
(C) 2-1/2" to 2-3/4" dia. x 2"+ tall SOLD
(D) 1-3/4" dia. x 1-3/8" tall $30.00
(E) 1-3/4" dia. x 2-1/8" tall SOLD
(F) 2" dia. x 1-1/2" tall $27.50
(G) 2" dia. x 1-1/2" tall SOLD
(H) 1-3/4" dia. x 1-7/8" tall SOLD
(I) 1-5/8" dia. x 1-5/8" tall SOLD

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.
SALE priced - $8975.00

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

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.

Here is our current selection of small to medium tusks, other tusks may become available.   These tusks were commercially imported before the 1988 ban, they were from a National Park culling operation they are not sport hunted tusks.  When a population control culling operation took place all the elephants in a group were killed regardless of size or age so there were no elephants with memories of humans shooting them in the national park.  Tusks were sorted by size and auctioned off in lots by the national park.  These are fine for cutting or display, they all have vegetation staining that will sand off, all are in fine condition with no cracks.  All elephant tusks are hollow at the open end then taper into solid about 1/3 way up. These tusks are legal to buy and own in the United States, they cannot be resold in New York, New Jersey or California due to state laws.  There is a good chance that by the end of the year we will no longer be able to ship African elephant ivory interstate regardless that it was legally imported.
Single tusks shown from both sides.
#58 2-1/4" diameter x 30" long around the curve - $1,125.00
#65 2-1/4" diameter x 31" long around the curve - SOLD
#82 2-3/4" diameter x 33" long around the curve - $1,625.00
#84 2-3/4" diameter x 38 1/2" long around the curve - $1,845.00

This is the last of our Scrap Ivory!


This scrap has never been offered before, mostly 1/16" 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 is the first cut from a tusk section with curved backside and eye-popping figure as shown. It is great for scrimshaw, dislay or cutting up for jewelry. Most pieces are 3" to 4-1/2" long, varying in width with an approx. 1/8" thickness in center. We only have a few pounds of this left - $75.00 per pound.


Varying in shape & size with many pieces of 3/8" - 1/2"+ thick. This material is best for small carvings or slicing into small jewelry pieces. We only have about 10 pounds of this left - $45.00 per pound.


Lot #1 - Chunky
1 lb. - $50.00
Lot #2 - SOLD

Lot #3 - Cracked Crosscuts
1/16" to 1/4" thick -
$25.00   (ON HOLD)
Lot #4 - 1 lb. 9 oz.
Chunky Scrap -

Lot #5 - 1 lb. Crosscut Wedge Shaped
1-1/2" to 4-1/2" in dia. x 1/32" to 1/2" thick - $75.00
Lot #6 - 1 lb. 5 oz.
Cracked Slabs 3/16" to 1/4" thick - $125.00

Lot #7 - Long Skinny Scrap
1 lb - $18.00
Lot #8 - Slabs Short
1/8"+ thick x 2-3/4" - $110.00

Lot #9 - Ivory Handle Seconds
sale price - SOLD
Lot #10 - SOLD

CABOCHON SECONDS: Great for jewelry, scrimshaw or small carving projects. Some may have cracks or be uncut or mis-shapened. Most are unpolished or bad on one side, but some are great cabochons.
Cab 2nd's Lot 1 - 4 oz. $25.00 Cab 2nd's Lot 2 - SOLD

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.
(ETS-2) - 4-1/2" long x 1-1/2" to 1-3/4" in diameter - SOLD

(ETS-4) 4-3/4" long x 1-5/8" to 1-3/4" at both ends - SOLD

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!


2" to 2-1/4" diameter x 17" tall polished ivory tusk with beautiful grain, great for display or scrimshaw, not for cutting, only - $625.00

(ELEPHANT TUSK TIP 2) 6-1/4" long X 1-1/4" to 1-3/4" at base - $$325.00

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
(C2) 1/16" thick x 2" wide x 3" long (limited stock!)
$20.00 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
(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

(A) 2-1/4" wide x 5-1/2" long - $75.00 (B) 2-1/4" wide x 4-3/4" long - $100.00 (C) SOLD
These polished outer bark pieces have spectacular grain! They have been selected over 30 years as the best of the best, for display or scrimshaw, varying from 1/8" to 3/16" thick.

(1.) 1/8" at thickest x 2-3/8" x 8" long - $150.00 (2.) 1/8" at thickest x 2-1/4" x 7" long - $110.00

(3.) 3/8+" at thickest x 2-1/4" x 4-3/8" long - $90.00 (5.) SOLD
(4.) 3/8+" at thickest x 2" x 6-1/4" long- $100.00 (6.) 3/16" at thickest x 1-7/8" x 5-1/2" long - $50.00
  (7.) 1/4" at thickest x 1-7/8" x 4-5/8" long - $48.00

(Pr-1.) 3/16" to 1/4" at center x 1-1/2" x 3-1/4" - $125.00 (Pr-2.) 1/8" x 3/4" to 1-1/4" x 4-1/2" - $100.00

(Pr-4.) Outer scales PAIR w/beautiful grain 1/4" x 2" x 4-1/2" - $150.00
(Pair-6.) Outer scales PAIR w/unique crazing 3/16" x 1" to 1-3/8" x 6-1/2" - $90.00

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.

(1.) 1-1/4" in diameter by 1-5/16" tall - $50.00 (2.) 1-1/4" in diameter by 1-5/16" tall - $50.00

Polished crosscut hollow pieces , thicker
on the top and sharpened to point on bottom.
These will make unique large claw like
pendants or even letter openers.
(2.) - $35.00 ea. - Sale 50% off - $17.50
1 & 3 are SOLD!
(4.) - $45.00 ea. - Sale 50% off - 22.50
(5.) - $50.00 ea. - Sale 50% off - $25.00

Inner layer pieces from slabbing, thicker
on the top and thin on bottom.
(A) 4-1/2" at widest and 3-3/4" tall -
(B) 3-1/4" at widest and 4-3/4" tall - $65.00
(C) 4-1/2" at widest and 4-1/2" tall - $90.00

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: September 18, 2014