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This is by way of a warning to dealers selling at certain USA fairs. If you are showing antique items containing ivory, feathers, and even some mother-of-pearl, make sure you have the correct paper work. Something awful happened to dealers from the UK who had to remove finials of ivory on silver hall marked tea pots, ivory hands and faces from figures, and even some mother-of-pearl items. These were all crushed to dust. The dealers were not allowed to keep them and were fined. Feathers were plucked out of bird automata musical boxes and destroyed incase they were an endangered species. An ivory ruler was broken and cases of sewing sets. This happened at the Miami Beach Show. It was a barbaric act with a totally misconceived application of the law.

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