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    Posted 6 years ago

    Moonstonel…
    (765 items)

    This is one of the most amazing finds I have ever found in my life. This was just put out on the table of one of the stalls at the fair. I saw, seized and paid. I won't say how much. But it was the price of 2 people eating dinner at Wendy's :). I looked at the belly of the elephant and indeed it was signed. I believe this was carved in the 1800's or? The carving is so masterfully executed. I am in awe of this piece. This piece measures about 1.50 x 1.00 x .75. Amazing condition with agar appropriate wear. I believe this is natural Baltic Amber. Thanks for looking

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Two people eating at Wendys was the Price?

      Hmmmmm.......$ 14.99 you paid...LOL...Am I close ??
    2. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Antiquerose, you are very close. Many thanks!!
    3. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      Thanks MOON....I would rather have this for that Price -- than the meal!! LOL

      Super Find !!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Jewendell222, I updated the picture. Please let me know more information.
    5. noob, 6 years ago
      I believe Jim is looking for confirmation that there are two holes through which a cord would have been threaded. That doesn't appear to be the case with the elephant's nostrils. (Hard to believe the carver would have done that, as that would make the tip of the trunk a very weak point.) Are there two such holes anywhere on the elephant?
    6. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Noob, took the picture. Hope this helps. The trunk is amazingly carved. Very delicate. I am not complaining
    7. noob, 6 years ago
      Oh, the himotoshi are on his cute little butt! :)
    8. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Jwendell222, the 2 holes are on his right butt cheek. And they do connect.
    9. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Jim, what is INS forums ?
    10. cogito cogito, 6 years ago
      International Netsuke Society (INS). They have a good forum with helpful people. It would be worth getting their opinion. I'm not aware of typical wear patterns in amber, so I can't speak to the piece. In ivory, however, you would want to look to see if the piece had wear where the piece came most in contact with body of the individual wearing it and for discoloration suggesting wear patterns. I find it curious that the signature appears to be painted, not inscribed.
    11. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      Cogito, the name is etched and darkened. It's a beautiful piece
    12. Moonstonelover21 Moonstonelover21, 6 years ago
      antiquerose, I agree...this over a steak meal any day :)
    13. antiquerose antiquerose, 6 years ago
      LOL....keep us posted here -- if you contact that Forum ( INS ) and anything ya find out !!
    14. Zowie Zowie, 6 years ago
      I love it fantastic score lee it doesn't matter what you paid for it if you can afford it & love it as you do. I would say it's a keeper by the sounds of it. Take care. xoxoxxo

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