Japanese Ivory

Ivory Policy

Sworders abhor and condemn the poaching of all species, especially African elephants and the wanton destruction of natural habitat. Thus we will offer for sale no ivory products produced after June 1947, ie the last 70 years, the date of the Convention Of International Trade In Endangered Species Of Wild Fauna And Flora (CITES). We consider pieces produced before this date are likely to be purchased as pieces of artistic or cultural merit, which happen to contain ivory, rather than be purchased for their ivory content.

Furthermore, we understand that legal ivory is, on occasion, being used in the Far East as a front for the sale of illegal, poached, ivory. We will continue to sell pre 1947 worked Japanese and Chinese ivory, such as okimono and netsuke, we believe these pieces are not involved with illegal trading.