Owner Ron Fromkin
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to recent changes in rules concerning elephant ivory in the USA, I can no longer buy or sell elephant ivory carvings. I can repair elephant ivory carvings but will use hippo ivory or man made materials. I cannot use any elephant ivory material for repair work. These changes have made all elephant ivory items worthless as they cannot be bought or sold. The documents required by these new rules do not exist and the rules were set up to stop all legal ivory transactions in the USA including antiques. The supposed goal was to save the elephants in Africa. These rules were set up by an advisory committee funded by Obama ( $10,000,000) and headed by Hillary Clinton and related to the Clinton Foundation. She established an advisory group of nine of her friends , none with any knowledge of ivory. No elephants will be saved by these rules. According to Fish and wildlife Service the amount of poached ivory coming to the USA is insignificant, it all goes to China and other Asian countries. I anticipate their will be legal challenges to these rules and there is pending legislation in Congress to remove these rules. When these federal rules were challenged over the last two years, the wildlife groups began pushing for State laws that passed in NY, NJ and one or two other States. Politicians in these States jumped on the bandwagon and approved these laws, after all ,who would not want to save the elephants? I doubt anyone read these laws or considered unintended consequences such as life long collections of ivory are now worthless.
Can I repair or clean an elephant ivory carving sent to me from other States as long as I do no repairs with added elephant ivory?
Can I repair an elephant ivory carving sent from other States and use hippo, bone or man made materials for repairs that require additional material?
Can I sell an elephant ivory object to a bonafide Florida resident if I have documentation showing the object was in the USA prior to 1990 ?
I have some African elephant tusks purchased by me in 2013. They were sold in the USA in 1980-81. I have original records and invoices. Can I take one of these tusks and create a chess piece for example for a bonafide Florida resident ? It is understood the item fabricated from a tusk would not be an antique.
The Japanese Repository has been
established since 1991 and specializes in ivory repair and
restoration work to the trade and private parties, using genuine
ivory materials. Missing or broken parts are hand carved in ivory
and securely attached to the object. Whenever possible, repairs are
made with ivory matching the original in color and density and
finish. I also work in bone, wood, antler and horn. I have extensive
experience in restoration and repairs to the following items:
Netsuke- ivory, wood, antler.
Chinese ivories of all types, including polychrome stain and painted surfaces.
Indian and Goa style carving.
European Ivory pieces.
Chess sets, repair and fabrication, ivory, bone, wood, turned and figural.
Napoleonic Prisoner of war bone carvings.
Canes and walking sticks.
Small inlay work- bone, wood, ivory and other natural materials.
Wood carving- small items only, missing parts, cracks, damage, inlay.
Lathe turning in bone, ivory and wood for chess pieces, knobs, Finials, and bun feet for boxes and tea caddies.
Snuff bottle repairs- Tops in ivory and other materials, cork stoppers and spoons in bone and ivory.
If you have any questions about a repair please e-mail me at email@example.com