Subject:Re: Ivory work hut with signature if anyone could please help identify.
Posted By: Gman Mon, Sep 04, 2017
Please excuse the skepticism, but 95% of all ivory items shown in this forum are not ivory, in fact 95% of all items called ivory at eBay et al are not ivory either, put that together with the fact that you had not mentioned size, and whether there were any pieces added on, and it makes the material ID ambiguous.
The number one identifier for ivory is usually the "Schreger lines" which are crosshatched lines occurring in elephant ivory.
There is another post asking for identification of a signature on an ivory piece which I have added the link to below, which will show the Schreger lines around the edge of the item, if you can find similar lines on your piece, the identification becomes much easier, although there are a few cases where insidious deceivers will find ways to simulate the lines, to mislead the unwary. Usually such simulated lines will be felt as a texture because they are scratched onto the item, whereas the Schreger lines are in the ivory itself.
From the information you included, and the photo of the base, it does look like ivory, but again, there is great financial incentive to build a better mousetrap for simulating ivory, so the Schreger lines is a good place to start.
If your piece is ivory, you will find Schreger lines in less than a minute after seeing them in the photo of the piece linked to below.
Thanks for the additional photos and information, good luck.
URL Title :Schreger lines visible on this piece