ALASKA CARVED IVORY SPOONS
A number of organizations and co-operatives have been established to
native arts and crafts primarily to tourists. Crafts similar to these
are the product of those organizations
and local Alaskan jewelers.
These spoons were primarily made in the 1960-1975 time period and
feature carved ivory handles.
In most cases the ivory is from mammoths that died a long time ago in
the frozen north. In some cases walrus teeth are also used.
The spoon part are usually not marked as to purity and I suspect that
they are not sterling. I suspect that the spoons were purchased from a
jewelry manufacturer and
then assembled by the native workers.
However the handles are carved and prepared by native Alaskans.
This cute seal was carved from mammoth ivory
This cute otter was carved from a walrus tooth
This cute walrus was carved from a walrus tooth.
The left spoon billiken was carved from a fossilized walrus tooth. I
think mammoth ivory was used for the others.
The right two pieces are identified as being sterling silver.
See other Alaskan spoons
Billiken and good luck spoons
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