Common sense made a very small step in the problems with the new rules about old ivory, although the ruling doesn’t help collectors or dealers, just musicians. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service order said that the African ivory must be accompanied by documents that prove the ivory has not changed hands or been sold since Feb. 24, 1976. But that date has been changed to Feb. 25, 2014. That means that the Cleveland Orchestra can now safely take their instruments out of the country when they do an international tour. There is old ivory in violin bows, bassoons, and many string instruments. But the orchestra still has to do all the paperwork, get the certificates, travel through one of a few designated ports, and get a CITES passport so they can re-enter the U. S. Musicians traveling alone must get their own paperwork completed. But there is still a worry that someone at a port will not know about the changes.
Photo credit: my-hindi-tumbir.com Sursanga' - 19th c. Indian Musical Instrument made of wood, pearl and ivory.