Owner Ron Fromkin
SPECIAL NOTE: Due to
recent changes in rules concerning
elephant ivory in the USA, I can no
longer buy or sell elephant ivory
carvings. I can repair elephant ivory
carvings but will use hippo ivory or man
made materials. I cannot use any
elephant ivory material for repair work.
These changes have made all elephant
ivory items worthless as they cannot be
bought or sold. The documents required
by these new rules do not exist and the
rules were set up to stop all legal
ivory transactions in the USA including
antiques. The supposed goal was to save
the elephants in Africa. These rules
were set up by an advisory committee
funded by Obama ( $10,000,000) and
headed by Hillary Clinton and related to
the Clinton Foundation. She established
an advisory group of nine of her
friends , none with any knowledge of
ivory. No elephants will be saved by
these rules. According to Fish and
wildlife Service the amount of poached
ivory coming to the USA is
insignificant, it all goes to China and
other Asian countries. I anticipate
their will be legal challenges to these
rules and there is pending legislation
in Congress to remove these rules. When
these federal rules were challenged over
the last two years, the wildlife groups
began pushing for State laws that passed
in NY, NJ and one or two other States.
Politicians in these States jumped on
the bandwagon and approved these laws,
after all ,who would not want to save
the elephants? I doubt anyone read these
laws or considered unintended
consequences such as life long
collections of ivory are now worthless.
Hundreds of millions of dollars in
antique and rare ivories are now
worthless. No one in the antique trade
or anyone with expertise in ivory was
consulted. Many States shot down these
laws after it was learned what their
real goal was. For more information on
this issue contact the Ivory Education
Institute ( Godfrey Harris) or the
Elephant Protective Association( Rob
The Japanese Repository has been
established since 1991 and specializes in ivory repair and
restoration work to the trade and private parties, using genuine
ivory materials. Missing or broken parts are hand carved in ivory
and securely attached to the object. Whenever possible, repairs are
made with ivory matching the original in color and density and
finish. I also work in bone, wood, antler and horn. I have extensive
experience in restoration and repairs to the following items:
Netsuke- ivory, wood, antler.
Chinese ivories of all types, including
polychrome stain and painted surfaces.
Indian and Goa style carving.
European Ivory pieces.
Chess sets, repair and fabrication,
ivory, bone, wood, turned and figural.
Napoleonic Prisoner of war bone carvings.
Canes and walking sticks.
Small inlay work- bone, wood, ivory and
other natural materials.
Wood carving- small items only, missing
parts, cracks, damage, inlay.
Lathe turning in bone, ivory and wood for
chess pieces, knobs, Finials, and bun feet for boxes and tea
Snuff bottle repairs- Tops in ivory and
other materials, cork stoppers and spoons in bone and ivory.
If you have any questions about a
repair please e-mail me at