Can a family heirloom be sold with ivory?
Personal possession is OK, because a family heirloom can pass down within the family. This also applies if you have a vintage musical instrument that has ivory pieces or components. These items were made years ago, passed down in the family and aren’t a threat or a danger to today’s elephants. Can Estate Ivory Items Be Sold Within State Lines?
Is it illegal to sell ivory across state lines?
The sale of ivory items across state lines is always prohibited, unless the items sold qualify as an ESA antiques exemption, or meet the “de minimis” criteria. The seller must produce documents as proof to meet this exemption: What Qualifies As an ESA Antiques Exemption?
How is ivory imported into the United States?
The ivory is being or was imported through an endangered species “antique port*” *U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) designated 13 ports for the entry of antiques made of ESA-listed species on September 22, 1982 (19 C.F.R. 12.26).
When did the ban on elephant ivory go into effect?
A near total ban on the trade of African and Asian elephant ivory went into effect in the United States on July 6, 2016. But there are a few exceptions. When the ban was first announced, it left antique dealers, and auction houses in a tough spot!
Who is the best appraiser to buy ivory from?
As The Appraisal Group believes that a knowledgeable client is the best client, we offer you these guidelines on the ivory you have in your collection and the ivory you may want to purchase as a collectible.
Is it legal to sell ivory on Antiques Roadshow?
Of all the antique objects we appraise on ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, few elicit as big a viewer response as items that contain ivory. Almost all of the emails and letters we receive on the subject address in one way or another the legal questions that inevitably arise around ivory.
Why is ivory being sold in South Africa?
Given that there is not proof of age or origin with any ivory item for sale in South Africa and given that most of the buyers seem to be overseas nationals, there may be cause for concern that South Africa’s antique ivory market is being used to launder ivory from recently killed elephants.
How old do you have to be to sell African elephant ivory?
In order to be eligible for legal sale across state lines, an item containing African-elephant ivory must satisfy the laws of the relevant states and EITHER be an antique, as defined the ESA: The item has not been repaired or modified with ivory, or any other part of a federally protected species since 1973; The item is at least 100 years old;