Good day my name is*****
I am a Certified IRS Qualified Fine and Decorative Art Appraiser. It will be a pleasure to put my expertise, libraries, resources, and experience in the field to work for you.
It would help if I can see images of the carvings. One of the whole carving plus one of any markings.
Here are instructions on how to send photos to this site. Go to: http://ww2.justanswer.com/help/how-do-i-send-photo-or-file-expert-
Or you can email them to***@******.*** attention Timothy in antiques.
If the items are elephant ivory there are current US laws that have to be considered.
African Elephant Ivory
It is illegal to import any item containing African-elephant ivory for commercial purposes.
However, some items containing African-elephant ivory — including musical instruments and items in an inheritance or a household move — may be imported for non-commercial purposes, but ONLY IF:
Sale & Export
Items consisting of African-elephant ivory that are already in the United States can be sold within the country or exported only if they are accompanied by documentation attesting either that:
Asian Elephant Ivory
Import, Export, Sale Across State Lines
An item Asian-elephant ivory can be imported, exported, and sold across state lines ONLY IF it meets all of these criteria:
Sale Within States
An antique containing Asian-elephant ivory can be sold within a state ONLY IF it is accompanied by documentation from CITES certifying that it was imported prior to 1975.
The information on this page is current as of July 7, 2014.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Endangered Species Act Overview
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)
Thank you, ***** ***** is possible take the photographs in natural light. Are there any markings on them? The carver sometimes sign their work.
I look forward to seeing them.