Ivory Repair and Restoration
The term ivory refers to items made from walrus, hippopotamus, whale or elephant tusks or teeth. Ivory collectibles are usually composed of ivory plus a vegetable material with a similar density and texture.
Ivory was used to make buttons, combs, cutlery, fans, jewelry and snuff and pill boxes from the mid-nineteenth century through the early twentieth century. These items usually were intricately carved and painted. Ivory was also used in inlay or veneers in cabinetwork and could be etched, painted, gilded or stained.
Many cherished collectibles and pieces of jewelry are made from ivory, which is a delicate material that requires careful attention for preservation. Overcleaning, incorrect cleaning and no cleaning can all damage these items. Over time, ivory items tend to get very brittle, so they must be handled with care.
Ivory collectibles are items that can surprise you after the initial grime is removed. Many of these items feature traces of gilding or paint that have worn over the years. To ensure your ivory collectibles are handled with care, trust Dean Schulefand & Associates with restoring and conserving your ivory collectibles. For over 30 years, Dean Schulefand is one of few specialists in the US who is experienced in ivory repair and restoration. He is personally involved in the repair and restoration of every facet to ensure the best in quality with excellent results.
Our ivory repairs and restoration services are 100% unconditionally lifetime guaranteed.
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