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New Ban on Ivory
Kovels ^ | 4/23/14 | Kovels

Posted on 04/23/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT by mdittmar

Beware! You may not be able to buy or sell anything of any age that is made totally or partially of ivory. Everything from a piano to a button. AAll import, export, resale or donation of items that contain ivory less than 100 years old from African elephants was banned by Executive Order from President Obama on Feb. 11, 2014. The ban will be carried out by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This means that almost everything made from ivory after 1914 can no longer legally be sold or donated in the United States after May 31, 2014. To prove ivory is antique requires special forms and appraisals that may not exist, especially if the ivory was inherited.

Auctioneers, collectors, dealers, artists, musicians, museums, and others are concerned. We checked Kovels' online price guide and found many pieces that can no longer be bought or sold because at least part of the object is made of ivory. See the list below.

For more detailed information, go to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's International Affairs page and also read this Forbes article.

There are several existing laws impacted by this ivory ban. To make your thoughts known, contact your U.S. Senator or Representative or visit the Fish & Wildlife Service's website and either email officials there via the "Email" link on the right side of the homepage or use the social media links at the top of the page.

Live African elephants will still be protected by the law that forbids import or export of recently harvested ivory.

These are some of the pieces using antique ivory that will be illegal to sell: accordions, bookends, boxes, buttons, calling-card cases, canes, carved elephant tusks, chess pieces, crucifixes, cuff links, decorative screens, dice, doctor's dolls, fans with ivory sticks, figurines, flatware, fountain pens, furniture with ivory inlay, game pieces, guitars, hair combs, handguns, incense burners, inros, jars, jewelry (including pins, bracelets, beads, necklaces and earrings), knife handles, knitting needles, letter openers, magnifying glass handles, mahjong tiles, miniatures, Nantucket baskets, netsukes, page turners, pianos, puzzle balls, rifles, rondelles, scrimshaw, sewing boxes, shaving-brush handles, ship models, snuff bottles, tankards, tea and coffee pots with ivory insets in the handles (they keep the handles cool), trinket boxes, umbrella handles, urns, vases and more.

In the past, some antique ivory was crushed so it could not be sold or donated.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Hobbies
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Beware antiquers,the king has spoken.
1 posted on 04/23/2014 5:04:00 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Does this “law” apply to the Obama’s and the EXEMPT?

I bet it does not.


2 posted on 04/23/2014 5:05:09 PM PDT by Diogenesis
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To: mdittmar

Meanwhile, Chinese factory managers in Africa hire helicopters on their days off and slaughter elephants from the air and send the tusks back home.


3 posted on 04/23/2014 5:06:49 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The best way to control opposition is to lead it ourselves." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin)
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To: mdittmar
One more stupid law to ignore.

/johnny

4 posted on 04/23/2014 5:07:00 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mdittmar

Wasn’t it already banned?


5 posted on 04/23/2014 5:09:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: mdittmar

Isn’t there also a ban on Ebony? You know, that almost sounds like it should be a song.


6 posted on 04/23/2014 5:09:59 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: mdittmar
I'd like to see a lib explain how ivory from an elephant tusk killed over 90 years ago will save an elephant today.

Thanks to liberal insanity our world is turning upside-down.

7 posted on 04/23/2014 5:13:07 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: lee martell

Defiantly can’t sell that piano.


8 posted on 04/23/2014 5:14:39 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: lee martell

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpnxd_parodie-eddie-murphy-joe-piscopo_fun


9 posted on 04/23/2014 5:15:16 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: lee martell

a duet with a piano and a Gibson geetar


10 posted on 04/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PDT by digger48
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To: mdittmar

This will drive up the demand for black market ivory.


11 posted on 04/23/2014 5:17:06 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: mdittmar
What if I take my piano and burn it on my front lawn. Will the elephant ghosts be appeased by the increase in global warming, thus making more of the world's climate suitable for elephants (of the non-wooly variety).
12 posted on 04/23/2014 5:18:30 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: mdittmar

My question what law would you be breaking.


13 posted on 04/23/2014 5:18:33 PM PDT by riverrunner
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Classic Eddie at his snarkiest.


14 posted on 04/23/2014 5:26:00 PM PDT by lee martell
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To: mdittmar

how do you tell if your piano has ivory or just plastic..


15 posted on 04/23/2014 5:27:46 PM PDT by cherry
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To: riverrunner

Last time I checked, only congress can regulate interstate commerce.


16 posted on 04/23/2014 5:28:16 PM PDT by DownInFlames
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To: mdittmar
Hey...our old upright piano (with cracked sound board) has ivory keys...and it's less than 100 years old. Think the gubment will haul it off confiscate it? Anybody have the 800# so I can call and turn us in?
17 posted on 04/23/2014 5:29:16 PM PDT by moovova
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To: JRandomFreeper

One more stupid law to ignore.

Executive orders aren’t law. Only Congress can make laws.


18 posted on 04/23/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT by skully (Who farted??)
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To: mdittmar

Mammoth ivory is still legal. I’ve got a beautiful Gold class Benchmade folder, Damascus with white mammoth ivory scales. It’s gorgeous. :-)


19 posted on 04/23/2014 5:35:13 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: skully
You have a point.

One more stupid executive order to ignore...

/johnny

20 posted on 04/23/2014 5:36:26 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

LOL Piscopo: Side by side your my amigo, nigro. Lets not fight


21 posted on 04/23/2014 5:38:08 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 ((VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!))
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To: mdittmar

Another political “raid” on Gibson guitar in 3...2....1


22 posted on 04/23/2014 5:40:46 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: JRandomFreeper

One more stupid executive order to ignore...

LOL!! Now you’re talking


23 posted on 04/23/2014 5:45:44 PM PDT by skully (Who farted??)
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To: mdittmar

There is an easy way that ~could~ end Ivory poaching and reverse the destruction of Elephant herds in Africa (and it would even turn poachers into animal protection agents): It’s called capitalism.

Allow the poachers to “OWN” whole herds and then teach them that if they allow the elephants to produce babies then in the future when these elephants are near old age/death they then could collect the tusk, this may take a few years with a change in culture the current poachers would become fierce protectors of “their” WILD herds (and the lands that these elephants graze on).

Just my 2, but the socialists would never listen to this. -JS


24 posted on 04/23/2014 5:53:14 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Defeat Hagan, elect a Constutional Conservative: Dr. Greg Brannon!)
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To: JSDude1

I’m not certain, but I think there’s somewhere in Africa where that’s been done.


25 posted on 04/23/2014 6:01:38 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: cherry
how do you tell if your piano has ivory or just plastic..

Ivory keys discolor with age. Sometimes they split. My piano (ca. 1930) had all of the ivory removed from the keyboard when it was restored in the 1960s and replaced with plastic. I don't think that they've used ivory for piano keys since the 1940s.

26 posted on 04/23/2014 6:02:12 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: mdittmar
Destroying old valuable artifacts is abhorrent.
Just like China's cultural revolution when old art was destroyed to make room for the new, Islams destruction of old Buddhist statues, different justification, same result.
Environmentalism is destroying more than is saves.

27 posted on 04/23/2014 6:19:23 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

I do have a baby grand piano with ivory keys that was recently restored. The restorer recommended keeping the ivory keys and he carefully filed the sharp edges and polished them up real purdy. I would never have imagined that it would be illegal to sell.


28 posted on 04/23/2014 6:28:48 PM PDT by pajama pundit (I don't have enough faith to believe in evolution.)
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To: JSDude1

Spot on. I spent many years in Africa. Outlawing trophy hunting, and commercial ivory led to the decimation of local animal populations, simply because they were reduced to the status of garden pest. When professional hunters and game managers were driven out, the field was left wide open to poachers and corrupt local officials who quickly depleted their greatest natural resource.


29 posted on 04/23/2014 6:34:42 PM PDT by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Red_Devil 232; lee martell

Curiously, I tried to link it from YouTube, but they had it pared down to about 30 seconds and excised Piscopo’s money shot (...”amigo, negro”), an obvious PC act.


30 posted on 04/23/2014 7:26:28 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: mdittmar

31 posted on 04/23/2014 7:35:43 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: mdittmar

This same bastard ate endangered species while he was in Japan.

Lying hypocrite with no care of the impact of any of his actions.


32 posted on 04/25/2014 5:40:01 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: mdittmar

Rats! Now you’re going to have to fish around for the soap.


33 posted on 04/25/2014 5:41:57 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mdittmar

Patton’s pistols.


34 posted on 04/25/2014 5:43:26 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mdittmar

Seriously, how can they tell it wasn’t from an Indian Elephant instead of an African one?


35 posted on 04/25/2014 5:46:04 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: JSDude1

This “ivory ban” doesn’t even prevent the legal hunting of elephants for sport.


36 posted on 04/25/2014 9:48:52 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Smokin' Joe

Ear size


37 posted on 04/25/2014 5:25:37 PM PDT by mdittmar
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To: mdittmar

Ear size won’t tell which elephant the ivory in your piano keys is from. Just say ‘This is Indian Elephant ivory.”, and you have reasonable doubt.


38 posted on 04/25/2014 5:31:18 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: mdittmar

39 posted on 04/25/2014 5:38:15 PM PDT by rabidralph
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To: mdittmar
New Ban on Ivory

That's racist!

40 posted on 04/25/2014 5:46:18 PM PDT by Vision Thing (obama wants his suicidal worshipers to become suicidal bombers.)
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