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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Fine Antique Specimen of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
18th – early 19th Century
Size: 199cm high – 78¼ ins high
212cm high – 83½ ins high (with stand)
C.I.T.E.S article 10 certificate is available
TWO NARWHALS CURRENTLY IN STOCK
WE ARE ALWAYS INTERESTED IN PURCHASING FINE OLD EXAMPLES OF NARWHAL TUSKS WITH GOOD PROVENANCE AND KNOWN COLLECTIONS ETC.
ANY SIZE CONSIDERED
Please contact us with details
TWO NARWHALS HAVE CURRENTLY JUST ARRIVED IN STOCK - PLEASE CONTACT FOR DETAILS
We are always interested in purchasing fine old examples of narwhal tusks with good provenance and known collections etc.
Any size considered
The long spiral upper tooth juts forward 8 or 9 feet from the left side of the males upper jaw and this ivory lance like tusk was believed to be the mythical unicorn's horn and thus to have special and wonderful qualities. Indeed Alexander Woodson of Bristol, a prominent 16th century physician tested the ivory and... ‘found it soveraigne against poyson as any unicornes horne’. Narwhal tusks became precious and highly valuable commodities, the gifts of Kings and the prized possessions of royalty. In 1561 the Countess of Bath bequeathed to her daughter Dame Elizabeth Kytson ‘her caskanet of pearls, with the flower of diamonds ….. and her unicorns (horn)’.