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    Posted 11 months ago

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    I think this is etched on bone but I don't know how to tell the difference between bone, stone or hard plastic. Anyone?

    Mystery Solved


    1. LaurenRedmond LaurenRedmond, 11 months ago
      It looks a bit Inuit? That makes me think I might be something like Walrus tusk? Bone generally has little tiny brown spots on the surface because of the blood vessels in it.
    2. RRP RRP, 11 months ago
      I would definitely Inuit and not plastic.
      But whether bone or tusk I am not sure.
    3. maggiemae63, 11 months ago
      DANG IT ALL!! I wish the webmaster would fix the issue of not receiving the email when someone comments on any of my items that I have reported twice now!
      Now, with that whine completed, thank you both for the info!
    4. Zilla Zilla, 11 months ago
      I had some help for my pin a while ago, it’s not the same but some of the info might help?
    5. CanyonRoad, 11 months ago
      Sorry, but this isn't an authentic Inuit item, even though it looks like one. There were several Seattle companies, dating back to the early 1900s, that produced souvenirs for the Alaska market, including the Herman Krupp, Oceanic Trading, and James L. Houston companies. This was made by Herman Krupp in the 1960s.

      The company hired non-Native workers to mechanically etch specific designs from a few stock patterns. They produced primarily ivory handles for cutlery, and jewelry, using both marine and elephant ivory. This image is one of their stock designs, and the clasp on the back is a main identifying feature of their pins.

      The company produced quality souvenir items, but they cannot be sold as Inuit or Native American, since they were mass-produced, and factory-made by non-Native American workers.
    6. maggiemae63, 11 months ago
      Thanks, Zilla. And many thanks to CanyonRoad for all the info!

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