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Carved Wood Ebony Crocodile : Antique African Ironwood Animal Carving

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Antique carved ebony crocodile, real iron wood, not stained. Genuine heavy black wood, bone eyes. Early 1900s carved african crocodile or alligator figurine.

This is a beautiful and very old carved wooden beast. When one holds a genuine piece of ironwood (such as ebony), it is of course the weight that is the first element to surprise. This little fellow measures approximately 9 and 1/2 inches long, and is obviously narrow, but he weighs almost 7 ounces. He is lovely and heavy, beautifully carved and with obvious signs of his considerable age. The 1930s are as far back as I could trace him, but it is entirely possible that he is in fact much older.

This fellow has a flakey crack on his belly, damage to both right side limbs, and other small hairlines. All of them blend, have been rounded or smoothed over time, and are not noticeable when he sits upon a shelf, nor are they structural issues (he's strong in his current condition). These "flaws" in fact help to demonstrate that he is not simply a more common wood which has been stained dark - all inner cricks and spots and knocks are just as deeply brown/black as every carved nub on his lizardy back. He is incredibly charming and the sort of object you reach for often and hold in your hand when you're deep in thought.

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Carved Wood Ebony Crocodile : Antique African Ironwood Animal Carving


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: ebony, ironwood, iron wood, bone
  • Ships worldwide from Canada
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