ANIMALS Would You Buy Elephant Tusks?

Posted by Axel Thorer on 29. Mai 2017

Antique ones are offered all over the world … – not even expensive!

The Tusks from Hermann Historica in Munich (Germany) ...

I CAN’T MAKE UP MY MIND! Because there are thousands of 100 and more years old elephant tusks in European households, stemming from colonial times. In Britain, Germany, France, Portugal, even Spain and Italy. Beautiful pairs, some 120 cm long and weighing almost 100 kilos. You can get a pair for 2000 Euros or US$ 2200, huge tusks might cost up to 5200 Euro or up to US$ 5500. The sales are not prevented since there is no doubt, that hunters brought them home between 1860 and 1916 (in the case of Germany). Should the ivory ban include those antique tusks? Spontaneously I would say No. Should one buy these guaranteed old ones? Why not if you can’t resist? Or is it generally improper to decorate a home with tusks? Yes, I think so. This hunter’s pride on the wall is very old-fashioned. Ridiculously vain. Dead animals, especially parts of dead animals, are not nice. Just the other day I saw the new catalogue of Hermann Historica, an auction house in Munich, and they offered an enormous pair of tusks from the former British colony Zambia and an elephant who was shot at the beginning of the 20th century  (on the next page was a Narwal skewer for sale, for 2500 Euro or US$ 2800). The price of the tusks? The above mentioned 5200 Euro or US$ 5500. I was almost tempted …

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