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Federal Law Updates, Information and Links On The Sale Of Ivory

elephant ivoryIvory is still a hot button topic, however, we have a a link that brings a wealth of information to those trying to grasp what is happening with the sale of ivory. This link is to a federal site. Click Here. It is important to note that checking on your state law is also important. The law as pertains to antique dealers states African elephant ivory that a seller can demonstrate that was lawfully imported prior to January 18, 1990- the date that the African elephant was listed in CITES Appendix I and ivory imported under a CITES pre-Convention certificate can be sold within the United States (across state lines and within a state). Asian elephant ivory sold in interstate commerce within the United States must meet the strict criteria of the ESA antiques exception. This information can be found at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service International Affairs.

Every state has different laws. Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey signed a law into effect August, 2014 banning the sale and importation of ivory for his state.

The LA Times on January 13, 2015 published an article written by Julie Cart about the dramatic increase in the sale of illegal ivory in California (this is mostly new ivory harvested illegally, not antique). Click here for a link to this article.

Selling some types of taxidermy at an estate sale could be a no no!

Recently Estate Sales News spoke with a Maryland estate sale company that held a sale in late June.  We reported on that sale in Bryans Road Maryland and posted video footage. A piece of the video is featured here to show some of the taxidermy. The estate sale included mounted ducks, pheasants, some vintage carved ivory and some vintage tortoise shell.

The DNR (Department of Natural Resources) from Maryland reviewed every photo that the estate liquidator had included in their estate sale listing. Even though the taxidermy foul were from decades ago as was the ivory and tortoise shell they were told they could not be sold and had to be returned to the estate heirs.

When I attended the 2013 Estate Sales Conference in St. Louis MO. held by EstateSales.net in March of this year they had a guest speaker on day two of the conference from the Department of Fish and Wildlife. Selling old or vintage ivory, tortoise shell and many kinds of taxidermied fish and wildlife is now not allowed or heavily scrutinized in many states. California is another state where taxidermy mounted items are being reviewed. Many other states are also becoming involved in the sale of what they consider endangered species. The fines for selling these type of items in Maryland is in the thousands and higher. This is a fairly recent development that Estate Sales News wanted to make sellers, buyers and estate sales companies aware of. Keeping you informed is our priority.