In order for me to properly assess what you have I will need to see images.
If you had already attached images to your initial posting, they are not showing for me here on my end.
Please send the photos at your convenience. There is not an extra charge to provide more pictures here.
You can try emailing your images to *****@******.*** and write “For Nora/Antiques” in the subject line of the email.
Photos sent by email do not arrive to me directly nor instantly, they get forwarded to me by admin.
I received the image. May I know what information you are seeking on this piece?
Provenance is technically the history of prior ownership, to which the provenance in this case, as far back as you know was that it was purchased by your family member during WWII.
It is a 19th century carving on abalone shell and would have been done by a folk artist along a coastal area. The image is based on English prints and paintings from that era.
I see there is a rather ambitious value assigned to this on the scan you sent.
Here are links to comparable carved abalone shells from same era and their actual past auction sale prices:
The fair market value of your antique mounted abalone shell carving would be $100 - $150. The suggested insurance or replacement value is $250.
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