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Fossil ivory or wood silver snuffbox ID

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agman

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 

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ynot

Welcome to TFF.

Sorry but that is not ivory.

I think it is a fern wood. (petrified)

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agman

Thanks for the quick reply! Petrified wood is also interesting. Any suggestions on how to research it further?

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ynot

No, but others here may know.

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Rockwood

You might want to check out this post. Link

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agman

Thank you. So the blob-like structures would be the cross sections of fern roots? What would the more uniform material with the dark flecks in it be?

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abyssunder
7 minutes ago, Rockwood said:

You might want to check out this post. Link

I like the possible similarities. :)

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agman

Thanks, Ken. That does look pretty similar. Sure, let's start the bidding at $2.58 ;-)

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digit

It's a neat and beautiful piece of history--combining both antique craftsmanship with fossil material. Glad you found your way to the forum and glad we were able to help.

 

Cheers.

 

-Ken

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Tidgy's Dad

A beautiful item.:)

Hello, and and a very warm welcome to TFF from Morocco.

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RJB

 Looks very much like palm wood. 

 

RB

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daves64
29 minutes ago, RJB said:

 Looks very much like palm wood. 

 

RB

I thought the same thing when I first saw it. 

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DPS Ammonite

What is very special about this piece of palm is that it shows part of the trunk, the small vascular bundles, and part of the roots, the bigger double circles.

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