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Old 19th December 2009, 09:36 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by vampire
nice hilt ,but no ivory
what is nice to i have allmost the same hilt on a keris
given to me in indonesia in 1970
simlar but not the same ,mine one is bone
greet jan

Jan, i am certainly no expert on ivory, but there are some really obvious differences between bone and ivory that even i can see in close-up photographs like these. The "growth ring" type structure that is evident in these photos most definitely identifies this hilt as ivory. Perhaps yours is indeed bone, or maybe it is ivory and you are just unaware. Post some close-ups and perhaps we will be able to help you identify it.
The question that is more difficult, at least for me, is what type of ivory is it. I also lean toward marine ivory.
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