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100 + YEAR OLD CARVED ELEPHANT IVORY (CHINESE) GRADUATED ROSES, NECKLACE VERY YELLOWED

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    Posted 6 years ago

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    My Great-Uncle gave these to my Grandmother (probably in about 1914-15 )when he was a diamond driller and a world traveler He got this in China,I believe and it quite possibly was old when he bought it.!!! He often bought antiques for my grandmother.This was originally a long chain of graduated ivory rose beads, popular at turn-of-century, and before but somewhere in the late 1930s my grandmother wanted it made into a more modern traditional 2 strand necklace. It was heavy and not long after the clasp gave way--Not long after that she passed away and the necklace went to my mother, when she died it went to me..Now, I am getting up in years--This is illegal to sell ( elephant ivory has restrictions___) I have 2 daughters -but they don't seem very interested.
    QUESTION____What do others do with treasures like this.? Would museums be interested?

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    1. aghcollect aghcollect, 6 years ago
      Ivory CAN be sold if you can show provenance - maybe you have an old family photograph where it is being worn - personally, I would NEVER give anything to a museum because you never know where it will end up - either destroyed or stuffed in a box in the basement - very sad that your own daughters don't want to keep it, especially because of the family history.
    2. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      Well, of all things, my grandson, 27 steps forward asking if he can have the ivory and that he will keep it in the family--he has 2 children and will pass it down. So, this makes me very happy.
    3. aghcollect aghcollect, 6 years ago
      That's good news - something like this has true sentimental value. Happy it will stay in the family. - Did you see this one also posted on CW?
      http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/778-handcarved-ivory-necklace-set?in=loved-by-aghcollect
    4. PostCardCollector PostCardCollector, 6 years ago
      AGRAM.m Thanks for the love!!!

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