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    Whales Teeth

    I hope someone here can please give me some advice. I did ask for help five or six years ago on 'The Carving Path' but I was just in the process of moving from Austria back to the UK and it all became rather 'mixed up' and confused. I have 7 whales teeth. They were given to me in 1974 by one of my students in Perth, Western Australia. (This students brother was a hobby diver and found numerous whales teeth on the sea bed somewhere round Frenchman Bay, near Albany in the South West of Western Australia.). They came from the sea very near to where there was once a whaling station. It appears that whaling has been done there since the middle of the 1800’s and continued on and off to the middle of the 20th Century. Since recently again deciding to sell the teeth because they have only been stored away I have looked into the history of the Whaling Stations that once existed in that area and have discovered that the whaling stations were not in operation there all the time, But, apparently some very limited whaling continued right up to the early 1970's. The 7 whales teeth I have are all in very good condition with no damage or cracks (see attachment) and I would like to sell them as I said - if it is OK to do so.. I cannot conclusively prove that they date from before 1973, but the odds must be very high that they do because whaling ceased there at about that time. Obviously I can't sell them if it's illegal, which I also understand. In the photograph which I have attached you can see the lengths (in cms) and the weight (in grams). They are: length weight Nr. 1 8.5cm 52gms Nr. 2 12.5cm 135gms Nr. 3 10.5cm 84gms Nr. 4 13.5cm 180gms Nr. 5 11.5cm 140gms Nr. 6 13.0cm 190gms Nr. 7 15.0cm 245gms I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help with how best I can sell them and if it's OK to do so. - please email - harrison.terry@yahoo.com Thanks in advance to anyone who can help, Regards, Terry.
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    Whales teeth

    Thanks Clive!!
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    Whales teeth

    Hi Russ, Thanks for the ebay link, - very interesting. Terry
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    Whales teeth

    Hi Mike, Thanks for the speedy reply, much appreciated. I had (very recently) read the first article you were kind enough to send me when I was trying to find out what the legal situation was now regarding whales teeth. I naturally bought them in all innocence in the 70's when whaling was still legal. It probably sounds a bit hypocritical but I myself am against whaling. When I bought them I was originally told that they could have been on the floor bed any time from 1912 onwards (the latest the 1970's when the station finally closed down). It is most likely that they had been there a long time as apparently where they were found was not used in later years. (In fact whaling had been carried out off the south western Australian coast since the mid 1800's). I cannot prove they have genuine age to them, (unless there is a possible way) but what do people do with whales teeth that they can prove are known to be old? Thanks again, Terry - still snowing hard here, about a foot deep!!!
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    Whales teeth

    Hallo, I am hoping someone can help me. While I was lecturing in Fine Art in Western Australia in the 1970's (I have since been living back in Austria for the past 25 years) one of my female students had a brother who was a 'diver' who came across a vast quantity of thousands of whales teeth while diving off Albany, somewhere near where a whaling station used to be at Frenchman's Bay which I have recently discovered closed down in 1978. Apparently this chap had intended to bring up the teeth, but a 'friend' of his (who he had told of his find) betrayed him and 'pinched' the huge mass of teeth and sold them!! The original finder of the teeth did later find a fraction of the teeth which had been overlooked by his 'friend' and brought them up. The student who told me of her brother's find actually had some of the teeth at her house, left there by her brother when he moved away. Being at an Art College she wondered if anyone had any idea as to what she should do with them. I said I would like to have a few of them which she gave me because I had the idea that I would learn to try and carve them at one of the other courses run by another lecturer. Well, and this is the point of my question I still have seven left which range in size from about 4 to 6 inches in length and I simply don't know if I am legally allowed to sell them or not and if I am allowed how would I go about it, or if I can't what can I do with them? Can anybody help?? Thanks, Terry, - from a very snowy Vienna!