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Found 24 results

  1. I'm trying to identify the polished fossil material in this Georgian English snuffbox, circa 1760 to 1820. Is it mammoth ivory? Walrus? Wood? Something else? The material is set in unhallmarked sterling silver. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Adam
  2. Hi everyone- I have a juvenile mammoth tusk that I would like to learn how to stabilize and restore. The problem is I have (almost) no idea how to even start! The tusk is fully dried out, but it’s split down the middle. I need some advice! Here’s what I know has to be done: 1. Clean the outside and inside as much as possible without using water- any suggestions on what to use? 2. Superglue the two pieces together and use hose clamps to hold the two pieces together- any suggestions on glue/method? 3. Fill gaps/cracks with epoxy- any suggestions on a good type? 4. Sand sand sand! 5. Beyond this point I’m not sure- is there some sort of protective varnish people use? I’m sure I’m missing about a dozen crucial steps here- I have literally never tried anything like this before, so any advice would be greatly appreciated. I posted some photos of the tusk, and I will post photos of progress! Thanks everyone.
  3. Small Ivory or tooth?

    Found diving in the cooper river SC Thanks in advance
  4. wooly mammoth tusk ID.

    I recently acquired this piece of what I was told a wooly mammoth tusk. It weighs about 4 pounds and is about 10” long by 5” wide. I just thought I would post it on TFF to get some feed back. I was told it is originally from Alaska but can’t be sure. I would welcome any information related to this unique piece. Thanks Cliff Dweller
  5. Ivory / tip of tusk? Help ID

    Hi! I found this ivory piece I would like some help... Its has a rounded tip so I figure it might be a type of tusk tip? I know ivory grows on ring like formations but this piece is almost flat like more of a oval. And its so polish on the outer layer. I found it in a beach near Tybee Island in the Savannah River. Any help is apprecieated!!! Thanks in advance
  6. Fossilized Tusk

    I recently purchased a box of miscellaneous knife making supplies at an estate sale. When I first saw this object, I thought I had bought an ugly piece of wood, but when I picked it up, I realized it was something else due to the weight. It looks like a small tusk, but I’m a newbie and have no real clue as to what this is. I’m confident this forum is the place to find the answer. Thanks!
  7. Mammoth or mastodon ivory?

    I cut into this piece with my tile saw to make sure that was when I thought it was. Prehistoric Ivory. Weight and solid 15 lbs and is covered in weird white stuff
  8. I am more than certain this is ivory, but I always like sharing. What do you guys think? The schreger lines seem worn from the waves. I believe this is partial cementum and mainly dentine.
  9. Schreger lines

    Hey guys, silly question here. I was talking throughout the forum and wanted to know are Schreger lines only found in proboscidea?
  10. Hey guys, since we were on the topic of mammoth/mastodo ivory in the I.D forum, I was wondering if we could quickly talk about Schreger lines. I have found several small ivory fragments with Schreger lines and was looking through articles the other day about them and ID'ing ivory. I saw a picture of a cross section of sperm whale ivory and noticed some lines. I wanted to know are these Schreger as well or are they limited to only those in the Proboscidea order. Below is the picture, a picture of my best ivory chunk, and a link to the website I was looking at. https://www.fws.gov/lab/ivory_natural.php#whale
  11. Bark Mammoth Ivory

    Out hunting today... found lots of interesting stuff, but this thread is about one find. I have found lots of small pieces of ivory, and a section of Mammoth tusk, and a small Mastodon tusk (I have been lucky but I give my luck lots of hard work and opportunity). Today I found a large chunk of Ivory and my hunting buddy said it was "Bark Ivory" and they make knife handles out of it, but be careful because it might break... So this is just a discussion and set of questions when I find something and want more details. What is Bark Ivory? It does not seem to have Schreger lines.. these lines are straight in one direction. Does not ALL ivory have Schreger lines? What is the pock_marked rough exterior? Is it natural pre-mortem or some sort of boring worms? If this stuff is fragile, how do I stabilize and/or polish to make those knife handles.. Inquiring minds want to know. and I am thinking that some fossil hunters may have answers. Thanks.
  12. Cleaning Mammoth Tusk Pieces

    I just purchased some beautiful mammoth tusk pieces that I will hopefully restore into a tusk that will be at least 20 inches long down to within 2 inches of the tip (which is missing). It is a project I am working on with my daughter. I want to start by cleaning the pieces which are very dusty and dirty. I read to avoid water and maybe use rubbing alcohol but many of the pieces have a beautiful blue color to them and I am afraid of ruining that. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
  13. Hello, My first post and I am quite a novice. Found this mammoth tusk for sale in Alaska at a dealer. It is about 60 lbs and 100 inches long. It is being restored, but the person working had to leave in between. The tip about 8-9inches is covered in resin for restoration work. It is yet to be finished. Do you think its worth buying it? Any professional restorers in Alaska? How much does it cost to restore it? What would be the resale value on something like this? Thank you all..
  14. Mammoth or elephant ivory?

    Hi guys! I've hot this from my friend from South Africa,bit i'm not sure if this is from a Mammoth (Mammuthus subplanifrons) or from a elephant.
  15. looks like ivory

    behind the tape measure is another faded symetrical onel
  16. Fourth time lucky

    Hi my phone won't let me upload pics, it's saying not enough memory, could someone please look at my finds on YouTube, Gary T Tomo new fossil find east Yorkshire, pls pls help, I've been trying to post for an hour, thank you in advance . Link
  17. Curing a large mammoth tusk?

    I work at a small placer (gold) mine in the interior of Alaska, and we routinely find mammoth ivory. Sometimes just small pieces, sometimes complete tusks. I have purchased one from my employer, and try as I might, I have been unable to find any information on curing, or drying, the tusk before treating with butvar-76 or similar. This tusk is over nine feet long, weighs 85#, and is a beautiful specimen from a mature female wooly mammoth. The bark is a rich mahogany color, mottled with blue and ivory patches. It is obviously worth a small fortune, and I would like to preserve it as best as possible. Other tusks I have seen, will crack and deform as they dry. I want to minimize this as much as possible. I have heard of techniques such as banding with hose clamps, wrapping with burlap and keeping moist, even burying for a period of time, or a combination of these. What have others done with large tusks? How much moisture is acceptable before treating with acetone and butvar-76? Will the solution draw out moisture from deep inside the tusk, or will that water remain trapped there? This one has been out of the ground for less than two weeks. Thanks for any help! Here's another, my tusk is the one in the foreground.
  18. could this be fossil material

    Hello I was liking some direction on this item, I dont believe it to be bone material and its not stone , its light and is not cool to the feel. I was wondering if this could be a fossil of some sort. it is translucent in some areas and is quite unique, Thanks for any help.
  19. This is a Mastodon tusk fragment I found this in a fresh water environment in early November. It seemed relatively stable after cleaning, but over the past four months the uniform dark brown has taken on this mottled pattern. I haven’t detected any instability, no flaking or crumbling, but it no longer sounds solid when tapped with a finger, I assume cracks and fractures are propagating with progressive drying and differential shrinking. I know modern elephant ivory can develop cracks as it ages. So I assume it’s only a matter of time before this fragment starts to fall apart. I have a couple pounds of Butvar B-98 but I have little experience with fossil ivory. Should something like this be given time (months) to dry thoroughly before being consolidated? is it okay to just dunk something like this in Butvar after the initial cleaning and 24 hours to dry? I would have liked to retain the more attractive rich uniform brown color. Darrow
  20. Mammoth ivory

    From the album @Max-fossils 's Zandmotor Finds

    A small piece of mammoth ivory found on the Zandmotor.
  21. I went out to my favorite stretch of the Peace river last week and spent a good 6 hours digging a giant hole and stuffing my pockets with goodies. The weather was in the low 80's and the river was low, slow and clear. I found a few Megs, a bison tooth, a couple tapir teeth, a piece of antler with chunk of skull still attached and a bunch of other random awesome stuff. The best piece of the day was this chunk of tusk I resurrected from under 4' of gravel. It stuck out like a sore thumb and looked almost bright orange while wet. When I looked closer I can see what looks like a natural taper on one end that may be the business end of the tusk. I remember recently looking at a much better piece shellseeker dug up and the slant looked similar. Either way, very happy to have found it . Get out there while you can!
  22. Is this ivory?

    I've had this piece from the Brazos River pleistocene gravel for a while and finally got around to taking some pics. I think I see schreger lines, but maybe just growth rings of wood. What do y'all think. Hope the pics are clear enough.
  23. Possible Mammoth or Mastadon?

    Found this in the Brazos River near Waco along the bank. I believe that this crosshatching that I see would make this a mammoth or mastodon right?
  24. I found a fascinating article about Russians hunting mammoth ivory illegally. It has some great pictures: http://www.rferl.org/fullinfographics/infographics/the-mammoth-pirates/27939865.html
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