elephant ivory

Trade in elephant tusks is, of course, now regulated internationally, in an effort to curtail poaching and save the species.

The ivory from elephants living in the highlands is softer and more desirable than ivory from elephants living in marshy areas.

Tusk of African elephant

©iStockphoto/Gerrit David de Vries

Nineteenth and early 20ᵗʰ century classifications of elephant ivory

Class Description
Prime Tusks weighing more than 20 pounds.
scrivelloes Tusks weighing less than 20 pounds.
ball scrivelloes Scrivelloes large enough to make billiard balls.
bagatelles Too small to make billiard balls

Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce.
Daily Consular and Trade Reports.
Nos. 75-151; Volume 2; April, May and June 1913.
Washington: U.S.G.P.O., 1913.
Page 1390.


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