Collections

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Château-Musée de Dieppe
Rue de Chastes
76200 Dieppe
France
http://www.musees-haute-normandie.fr/fiche.php3?lang=en&id_article=1391
One of the most important collections of sculpted and carved ivories from 16th to 20th c. produced in the city's workshops (crucifixes, rosaries, statuettes, fans, snuffboxes, etc.). Digital archive of these and their other ivory collections are available at http://collections.musees-haute-normandie.fr/collections/museums/1136

The Ken Hawley Collection Trust
c/o Kelham Island Museum
Alma Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire S3 8RY

For over fifty years, Ken Hawley has been collecting tools, cutlery, catalogues, ephemera and memorabilia connected with the Sheffield tool and cutlery industries. The collections includes all classes of tools, but particularly edge-tools, cutlery, measuring instruments, silversmiths' tools, finished items, work in progress and 'tools that make tools'. It also includes pamphlets, price lists, design artwork, production drawings, photographs, films, production records and much more relating these industries.  Ivories, mother-of-pearl, bone, antler, horn and many other natural materials feature throughout these collections, in the records and in objects as diverse as cutlery handles, rules, labels, raw materials and worked off-cuts. In addition there are also the tools used in the working of these materials. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/hawley/index.html

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York
New York 10028
USA
The Met has extensive collections of ivory objects from Africa (including Egypt), East Asia, Europe, North America, Oceania, South America, South and Southeast Asia and West Asia. Much of this material can be viewed via the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History available on the Museum's web site at http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/intro/atr/atr.htm . Images of these works of art are linked to thematic essays (by the museum's curatorial, conservation and education staff) related topics, timelines, maps, and more.

The Powell-Cotton Museum,
Quex House & Gardens
Quex Park
Birchington
Kent CT7 0BH
Tel: +44 (0)1843 842168

Established in 1896 by Major Powell-Cotton, originally to display his collection of hunted wildlife, the museum holds world-class natural history and ethnographical collections that support the study and understanding of the zoological, cultural and ecological diversity of Africa and the Indian sub-continent. The collection contains almost every African mammal, including many specimens of ivory bearing species, represented by skeletal remains, preserved skins and taxidermed specimens. Major Powell-Cotton was meticulous in his recording e.g. gender, location, date collected, and the collections are backed by detailed maps, diaries, films and photographs, all of which have provided an invaluable historic record for environmentalists, anthropologists and conservation workers. http://www.quexmuseum.org/

Royal College of Surgeons
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
 http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/
The Odontological Collection has over 250 specimens of ivory, the majority being elephant but also including mammoth, hippopotamus, narwal and walrus, and over 7O ivory dentures!  Their catalogue is available online at http://surgicat.rcseng.ac.uk/(0ufhoimcb43urx45bx4q5j45)/Default.aspx

Wernher Collection

Ranger's House
Chesterfield Walk
Greenwich Park
London SE10 8QX
collection includes Medieval, Byzantine and Renaissance ivories. English Heritage state that this is 'Arguably one of the finest and most unusual 19th century mixed art collections in the world, the Wernher Collection contains over 650 exhibits dating from as far back as 3BC. It's an eclectic mix of superb jewellery, bronze, ivory, tapestry, furniture, porcelain and paintings.......'
http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/rangers-house-the-wernher-collection/