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Mr. Stevens does not do appraisals.
For appraisals he recommends American Society of Appraisers
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Archeologists have discovered art work comparable to American scrimshaw that dates back to at least 100200 AD in North America; long before the sailors of the 1700's and 1800's actually created and gave name to the art form. Scrimshaw is the oldest of the very few art forms that are native to North America. While other cultures around the world certainly worked in ivory and bone, the style of North American cultures and that of the Yankee sailors were uniquely their own, making scrimshaw a traditionally American art form.
Scrimshaw art is a slow and careful process where one mistake can ruin an entire piece. Creating ivory sculpture or carving or the intricate stone and shell inlay accomplished by Mr. Stevens in black buffalo horn are also equally unforgiving art forms. Scrimshaw, carving, and inlay work are not for the impatient. Each piece can take from 30 to over 900 hours to complete.
The greatest masters of the craft to have ever picked up a scribe are working today. Their techniques and the modern-day masterpieces they create have contributed greatly to the increasing collector’s value of this significant and historical American art form. This is the era of the finest masterpieces ever produced in scrimshaw.
While Jim does not do appraisals, he does invite those with scrimshaw, carving, ivory retoration, powder horn, inlay, jewelry, ivory grips, commissions, and related questions to email him. He is an artisan always willing to share his experience and knowledge to help or inform others as best he can. For appraisals he recommends the American Society of Appraisers "Find an Appraiser" referral system.