Posted 3 years ago
My uncle brought this back from India as a souvenir during World War II. My mom had it in her china cabinet since I was a baby, and after my dad died I asked her if I could have it. I've always loved it for the detail in the carving, and we always thought of it as ivory but it could just as easily be bone. It is warm to the touch, though, which I'm told is a characteristic of ivory.
I'm sure this was carved as part of the souvenir trade, and I assume the pencil markings on the bottom refer to a date (obviously 1945).
Sadly one of the axles is broken, so one wheel is propped up in the photo. However, I have the broken axle piece still.
I'd love to hear from anyone else who recognizes this or can add any more information. Thanks!