The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection Live Auction of Decorative Arts
April 29, 2014
Jumbo, The Elephant: Commemorative Slice of Tusk, 1885
with polychromed ‘coat of arms’, verso, inscribed recto: ‘Jumbo, King of Elephants, Aged 24 Years, Born in Africa in 1861, Died at St. Thomas, Canada, Sept. 15, 1885’ (etc.), edge further inscribed ‘Property of Barnum & London Combined Shows, 1886’ and ‘From the Upper Part of Jumbo’s Tusk’
5.5" x 4.5" x .25" — 14 x 11.4 x 0.6 cm.
On the accidental death of the animal, the skin was mounted for display at Tuft’s College, Massachusetts, and the skeleton was sent to The U. S. National Museum of Natural History in Washington. Slices of the tusks were sent to various institutions such as the Smithsonian and the British Museum. This decorated example was sent to Mrs. P. T. Barnum.