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is it illegal to sell something made of ivory?

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wondering

London, KY

#1 Nov 17, 2009
my husband has a little ivory buddha statue and I was thinking of listing it on ebay. I seen where one simular to it sold on antique roadhouse for over 1200.00. but they said you had to have a permit to sell anything ivory or it was illegal. but that show was in england, is that same for USA?
Tater

Mount Vernon, KY

#2 Nov 17, 2009
wondering wrote:
my husband has a little ivory buddha statue and I was thinking of listing it on ebay. I seen where one simular to it sold on antique roadhouse for over 1200.00. but they said you had to have a permit to sell anything ivory or it was illegal. but that show was in england, is that same for USA?
I know it is illegal if it was made after a certain date what that date is I don't know.
Try this

London, KY

#3 Nov 17, 2009
What is the great ivory myth? Many persons believe it is illegal to sell ivory. This is wrong! You can sell ivory as long as it was legally brought into this country.

>>>>> http://www.chicagoappraisers.com/ivory-carvin...
Try this

London, KY

#4 Nov 17, 2009
Buyer

London, KY

#5 Nov 17, 2009
wondering wrote:
my husband has a little ivory buddha statue and I was thinking of listing it on ebay. I seen where one simular to it sold on antique roadhouse for over 1200.00. but they said you had to have a permit to sell anything ivory or it was illegal. but that show was in england, is that same for USA?
Are you absolutely sure it is ivory? I was watching antique roadhouse once and they said that bone is actually mistaken for ivory about 85% of the time by laypersons.
wondering

London, KY

#6 Nov 17, 2009
no I am not 100% sure. I just know that what I was told. on the bottom of the statue it has rings like it was made from wood but feels like bone or ivory.
mother

London, KY

#7 Nov 17, 2009
As long as it was something that was made by a native company it is legal. It should have a seal or stamp of some sort on the bottom. What the problem is, is that raw ivory can only be owned by natives from certain villages. Once it has been carved into an item and sold from the natives then that is a different story. This keeps people from killing just for the ivory tusks.
mother

London, KY

#8 Nov 17, 2009
I'm sorry, I may have misspoke myself. I'm used to dealing with alaskans and the ivory from there.
wondering

London, KY

#9 Nov 17, 2009
I believe this came or was made in India. There is no stamp, or signature or markings of any kind. I posted a pic of it on here beside a 20 dollar bill.
Lucifer

Goshen, OH

#10 Nov 17, 2009
Proctor and Gamble sells Ivory soap everyday.
bizzle55

Lake Placid, FL

#11 Feb 5, 2012
I have a Chinese ball. On a stand thatis remarkably carved. But no stamp. Ive had it looked at its ivory. But I'm scared to list as well. What would some one suggest?
maybe

London, KY

#12 Feb 5, 2012
bizzle55 wrote:
I have a Chinese ball. On a stand thatis remarkably carved. But no stamp. Ive had it looked at its ivory. But I'm scared to list as well. What would some one suggest?
list it on London free classifieds and it wont cost u anything to sell it .
yeah

London, KY

#13 Feb 5, 2012
wondering wrote:
my husband has a little ivory buddha statue and I was thinking of listing it on ebay. I seen where one simular to it sold on antique roadhouse for over 1200.00. but they said you had to have a permit to sell anything ivory or it was illegal. but that show was in england, is that same for USA?
There are all kinds of ivory statues on ebay everyday .
SpeakUp

Eustis, FL

#14 Feb 5, 2012
Do they still make piano keys from ivory? If selling ivory was illegal, the Vatican would never be able to downsize.
Tom

San Jose, CA

#16 Feb 9, 2012
Check out California Penal Code 653(o) before selling any ivory.
bovver

Newton Abbot, UK

#17 Apr 8, 2013
i have 2 genuine ivory bracelets which i bought from a jewelers in 1985 how do i go about getting a valuation for these items
McDoc

Gardnerville, NV

#18 Aug 19, 2013
Tom wrote:
Check out California Penal Code 653(o) before selling any ivory.
Well I was born and lived most of my life in SF. Ca. and they seem to set their own laws. The 653 (o) does not apply to every state, how long an Item has been around "pre 1972" and now some animals are no longer endangered at this time. There is a page that tells each person the laws for their state. Avoid crossing international borders.
Matt

Dallas, TX

#19 Nov 24, 2013
I have spoken to 5 different US federal govt. agencies and could not get the same answer twice. There was some sort of consensus on selling items that were made before the 1972 ban, but that leads to the issue of how do you prove when the item was made. Very few pieces of ivory made over the centuries have any providence unless they are very high end items. One of the ways to validate the item would be to take it to a high end reputable antique appraisal company and have them prepare you some sort of providence on the item. If they estimate that it was made after 1972, better keep it in the family collection. This is no guarantee that your ivory would not be confiscated, but it would probably help you against any prosecution.
Matt

Dallas, TX

#20 Nov 24, 2013
Forgot to add the reference link

http://www.gustavus.com/heidi/laws.html
lol

Middlesboro, KY

#21 Nov 24, 2013
Matt wrote:
I have spoken to 5 different US federal govt. agencies and could not get the same answer twice. There was some sort of consensus on selling items that were made before the 1972 ban, but that leads to the issue of how do you prove when the item was made. Very few pieces of ivory made over the centuries have any providence unless they are very high end items. One of the ways to validate the item would be to take it to a high end reputable antique appraisal company and have them prepare you some sort of providence on the item. If they estimate that it was made after 1972, better keep it in the family collection. This is no guarantee that your ivory would not be confiscated, but it would probably help you against any prosecution.
You are trying to deal with the government. You are trying to deal with US laws. You are trying to make sense of a system that is senseless. Good luck with that.

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