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We've had this lovely Tiffany letter opener for decades and am wondering if anyone's seen one. I couldn't find one in a brief bing search but I think this is a special piece. Sterling an ivory with fleur de lis motif, it's separated at the handle but I think could be easily rejoined to be considered a murder weapon once again!
Could be bone, celluloid and Tiffany-prob not, but in my medical opinion, the soft texture and hardness suggests ivory. Will have another look at it again though.
To test for ivory heat a needle tip red hot and press into it in a hidden area. If the needle penetrates (makes a tiny hole) IT IS NOT ivory. If it is ivory the needle will not penetrate or scar/scratch it.
Will do-bone would not melt either I believe.
Is that how they make scrimshaw?
Hot needle will not penetrate or scratch ivory. Scrimshaw is on ivory. (walrus, narwahl or whale). Scrimshaw is done with a sharp knife, drills and small chisels.
then they stain it for color?
A stunning art.
Read about it. I was telling you how to test ivory. Don't know much about scrimshaw. Probably used India ink for colors...dunno.