This has been discussed a number of times, but it is very important.
The link does not tell how expensive is was, but Manuscher had also offended the law, which was registreted - not very good for a banker as he writes - this was in 2003.
So if you buy anything with ivory - ask the seller to get a CITES certificate, or dont buy the weapon.
Since 2003 the different countries have focused more on CITES, so dont try to save the money for a certificate.
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Members are advised to review legal restrictions applying to their jurisdiction when offering or acquiring items that incorporate such materials as ivory or rhino horn.
At the US national level, here is a brief review of restrictions to import, export and interstate trade: Can I Sell It?
Further analysis of state level restrictions may be found at: Understanding Ivory Lay
In my personal opinion, CITES was very poorly implemented by the US and the rash of recent laws and regulations concerning such trade of antiques within the US are very unlikely to serve the legitimate purpose of saving any wildlife. But, if you are caught violating any of these laws, the governments can and will hurt you.
Thank you Lee.
Somehow I have a feeling that some members does not take this very serious - but it is very serious.
I agree with Lee, that the law is not what it should have been - but it is there.
German Customs Nightmare
Germany is a nightmare. I sent a parcel via U.S.P.S. to Hermann Historica for auction/consignment with a German WW2 tunic and two German helmets that were confiscated by their customs and after a lengthy legal proceeding with the auction house legal department they finally released my items to the auction house but they could not find one of the helmets, (the most expensive one). First they said it was never in the parcel until I asked them to weigh the parcel and compare the weight to the weight on my shipping receipt and then they switched their story to the one helmet from the box was lost in customs. I was later justified and was to be reimbursed for my loss but the U.S. post office said they could not cover my claim because the package was seized originally and second the Munich state attorney found them guilty of loosing (misplacing the helmet but not the rest of the package LOL) To date I have still never been reimbursed for my loss of 1.450 Euro and the auction house did nothing more to help me further with the matter. Starting with customs confiscating everything from artifacts ,antique ivory handle swords, daggers ,German historical military items it is all a nightmare to deal with and as you know ignorance of the law is no excuse. Steer clear of shipping anything in these categories to Germany or else you may find yourself having your items confiscated or (lost/stolen ) along with a hefty fine and or legal problem.
I am sorry to hear about you troubles, and I dont understand it at all, as they are dealing with stuff from WWII all over the place in Germany.
I once bought a Pichangatti from Artzi, and it was sent from the US. When it arrived at a German airport it was confiscated - but in this case returned to the US. So Artzi could get it to me via Francen - I think.
It is only a small knife with some silver on it, so why they stopped it is still a riddle to me.
The governments are closing in in ivory 'export', so be very careful what you buy, and what documents you get.
It could be plastic looking like ivory, but then it has to be documented so, as the costumers does not have any knowledge -and even then you may have problems.
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