Ivory and its Look-alikes Seminar

An all-day seminar on “Ivory and its Look-alikes” will take place on Friday, May 16, 2008. It will be taught by Shirley Sue Swaab, ASA, member of the International Ivory Society and board member Philadelphia Chapter, ASA.

Shirley Sue has conducted all-day seminars in Texas, California, North Carolina and for the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. For ASA, Philadelphia Chapter in 2006, she taught an all-day seminar on silver, an all-day seminar on antique pottery and porcelain and now, in 2008, the subject is ivory and objects that purport to be ivory.

The first half of the day, the instructor will lecture on the basics of ivory identification. The afternoon will consist of hands-on identification by the students using 150 pieces of ivory, real and fake. Participants may bring in some of their own ivory or ivory look-alikes for discussion and identification at the end of the day. Students should bring a magnifying glass to the seminar.

By the end of the day, students should be able to pick up any ivory or ivory-like object and identify it.

The seminar will be held at the Joseph Ambler Inn, 1005 Horsham Road, North Wales, PA 19454. The Joseph Ambler Inn is a charming 1734 inn, obtained by a grant from William Penn.

Cost for the seminar is $175 for ASA, ISA and AAA Appraisers and $195 for non-members. The cost includes a continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks. For more information or to register, call 215-635-2260.

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