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Author:  stmor [ Thu Oct 17, 2013 6:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Netsuke info

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Any info on type of material and value of this item would be helpful.

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Author:  Isi [ Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

Hello
Impossible to tell for sure after only a picture.
But, from the way these items are mounted, as key rings or on cheap jewelry, you can guess it is inexpensive material.
Plastic maybe, or bone at best.
But again, this is only a guess.

Author:  roshanravan [ Sun Oct 20, 2013 4:52 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

Isi wrote:
Hello
Impossible to tell for sure after only a picture.

exactly right, specially for Netsuke they can be very tricky and only a professional can tell if its genuine/fake/new/...
Isi wrote:
But, from the way these items are mounted, as key rings or on cheap jewelry, you can guess it is inexpensive material.
Plastic maybe, or bone at best.
But again, this is only a guess.

i am agree again, most of cheap netsukes are made by plastic also expensive new netsukes are made from mammoth ivory (since Ivory became illegal)

Author:  stmor [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

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This item was a designer piece sold at Sacs 5th Avenue in the 70s for $750. Two large beads on necklace are ivory. The netsuke hung from a large necklace with the ivory beads, black onyx beads. I thought the rings on the bottom would be identifiable .

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Author:  Barbra Voltaire, FGG [ Wed Oct 23, 2013 12:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

If the material is made out of an organic product, like ivory, it would not be saleable in most states in the US.
The ivory beads would certainly not be saleable.
This law, now strictly enforced, applies to contemporary and antique animal products.

Author:  Isi [ Thu Oct 24, 2013 10:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

The rings at the bottom may just be the stamp of the tool that finished the item. I wouldn't say ithey are the mark of a valuable material. Quite the contrary in fact.
The price you paid for it may have no connection with the used materials. Especially if it's a designer's creation ! You are likely to pay more for the design and creation, than for anything else.
By the way, did the seller give you some clue about what stuff the netsuke is supposed to be made of ?

Author:  gemart66 [ Tue Nov 05, 2013 1:02 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

It's hard to tell what the circles at the bottom would be without
A more clear image to identify the crisscrossing of the ivory Or mammoth lines, considering the price on the 70's and materials used at the time, it would be ivory,probbably not illegal taking into acount the time when it was carved and sold.
The face is expressive and well proportionate,I'm not an expert in netsuke but I've seen several good examples,there's no lack of netsuke clubs and specialists,they could tell more precisely the probbable the period it was made and be able to appraise it as well.

Author:  davegibson [ Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:21 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Netsuke info

Good observations gemart66
I am in agreement with You :)

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