"Is this ivory legal?", is a frequently asked question. All of our ivory products have been purchased pre-ban from reputable sources, mostly private collections. Elephant ivory before 1989 and whales teeth before 1972. A summary of the International and U.S. Fish & Wildlife laws which regulate the commerce of ivory follows. The Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species (C.I.T.I.E.S.) formed in 1973 to establish worldwide control over plants & wildlife that require protecting due to declining populations. C.I.T.I.E.S. regulations do not control a country's internal commerce, only the international trade between nations.
**Shipping-Wildlife product commmerce is regulated on a state and federal level. Interstate (between states) commerce of these products in the U.S. is regulated by the U.S. Endangered Species Act of 1972 by the Department of the Interior/U.S. fish & Wildlife Service and by the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 put in place by National Marine Fisheries Service. Each State has a Department of Fish & Wildlife or Game Department located in the state's capitol. Before buying wildlife products you can check with your state game officials to see what the laws are for your state.
**African Elephant Ivory-C.I.T.I.E.S. Endangered Species List does not allow the importing, buying or selling of African elephant ivory internationally. It cannot be imported into or exported out of the U.S. and the same is true for most other countries in the world. If your elephant ivory is pre-ban 1989 it is legal to own, buy, sell or ship within the U.S. and there are no permits or registration requirements. All of our elephant ivory is pre-ban 1989.
**Whales Teeth-The sperm whale is an endangered species that is regulated by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Since 1973 the importation of these products for commercial use has been prohibited. The Interstate sale of registered pre-act teeth with scrimshaw is allowed under a special federal permit. Unregistered pre-act teeth can no longer be registered and cannot be transported across state lines for commercial purposes. Antique ivory whales teeth (100 years plus) can be sold interstate. Since we are in Massachusets, the law says that we cannot ship whales teeth outside of Massachusetts and all of our teeth are pre-ban 1972.
**Mammouth or Mastodon-Commerce in this 10,000-40,000 year old ivory is completely unresticted.