OLD IVORY CHOPSTICKS: HAND CARVED & INSCRIBED, VINTAGE

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 15,2007
  • Channel: Online Auction
From Estate in New England: Outstanding set of hand-carved, genuine Ivory Chopsticks of approx. 9" OAL with colorfully inscribed decorative motif and claigraphy inscription on matched, upper ends with pyramidal tops. All angles, in bright light, clearly show the grain and slightly yellowed patina of the carved material. These classic Asian Chopsticks, probably of Chinese origin, were most probably produced in the decades after WWII (1950s/60s) in Formosa or Hong Kong, judging from style of carving & decorative motif, and the distinctly carved shape of the sticks (squared upper & rounded lower sections) ... and of the classic caligraphy (very fine line) as well as the hand-tinted and carefully inscribed & brightly colored (fine line) "Rural Scene" shown as a split image on this pair of Ivory Chopsticks. Decorated on one side only, the sticks are a very close, but not exact, match in length and in both upper & lower diameters. Certainly hand-carved from of legal Asisn Elephant Ivory of the era, the grain is quite pronounced in both sticks, especially in bright light and/or when viewed with a lens. The sticks have, of course, slightly yellowed from age, and the oair is slightly curved from drying over the years ... just as you would expect of handmade Chopsticks of this material produced in the post-WWII era. Long on display, these were among several sets recently purchased at Estate. ***PLEASE NOTE: These chopsticks are of genuine (pre-ban) Asian Elephant Ivory which was legally imported prior to the CITES Treaty and is offered for sale in accodance with all laws set forth by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, as well as within the perameters of EBay policy regarding such items at Auction. Sorry, NO non-U.S.A. sales of this item!*** Beautiful grain & light patina with NO chips, cracks, dings, or visible "problems" ... and no sign that these Ivory Chopsticks were ever even used! Missing a set of genuine Ivory Chopsticks of this style and quality from your private collection or vintage display case? Always wanted a best quality set of Ivory Chopsticks for your personal use? Well look no further for a genuine and outstanding set, still in virtually "as new" overall condition, for the astute buyer or collector! It really doesn't get any better than these Chinese beauties! High quality Ivory Chopsticks of this vintage and type are increasingly scarce and very hard to obtain, even at Estate. And when they're gone ... they are GONE! Vintage & outstanding set of hand-carved, genuine Ivory Chopsticks (exactly as shown) is by offered to collectors, aficionados, and other interested parties. Get 'em while you can ...

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