szwang wrote:Vlad: Thanks for explaining. I get your point that this doesn't look like your fine antique ivory, but I'm still very sure this is genuine elephant ivory. I understand why you say it's not even ivory, the pattern doesn't look like the usual ones. But I've seen it many times, probably more often with larger scales carvings, tonkotsu or alike.
Sorry I can't explain my opinion clearer, hope someone with more expertise can help me explain this.
Well, I guess we will have to leave it unresolved then for the moment, as I frankly don't know anybody with more expertise in this area. Maybe Clive, whose opinion is more valued here (and for a good reason), would like to chime in, but I am afraid he might be even more sick and tired of repeating the same basic lessons again and again here every other year.