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Old 23rd August 2023, 02:44 PM   #1
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I have found this 'tusk' in my deceased father's house whilst clearing it . I am pretty sure its fake but just would appreciate opinions , as I dont want to find myself breaking any of the recent laws. It is 45 cm long with an average diameter of 60 mm. It weighs 2 kg. I have attached some pictures including a cross section of a recently sawn off cross section ... ignore the blue marks , they came off the saw blade . Thank you.
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Old 23rd August 2023, 06:54 PM   #2
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Yup, that clearly looks like resin/plastic. Do a hot needle test or just hold a flame to an edge...

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Yup, that clearly looks like resin/plastic. Do a hot needle test or just hold a flame to an edge...

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Yes I agree but I can make no impact on it even with a red hot needle , and it seems very heavy for resin.
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Old 23rd August 2023, 10:11 PM   #4
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That may be due to lots of mineral filler.

The developing smoke should have some kind of plastic smell though (vs. the smell at a dentist when drilling a tooth)...

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That may be due to lots of mineral filler.

The developing smoke should have some kind of plastic smell though (vs. the smell at a dentist when drilling a tooth)...

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Thanks will give it another try !
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Old 29th November 2023, 12:30 PM   #6
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hello,

first of all, the tusk should be hollow at that point (base!).
And the little holes give it away, as a resin copy.
They are due to air bubbles. Something you get if you do not pay attention on the job...
So in fact it is; a sloppy made copy...
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