The William (Billy) Jamieson Collection Live Auction of Decorative Arts

April 29, 2014

LOT 2
Jumbo, The Elephant: Commemorative Slice of Tusk, 1885
  • Jumbo, The Elephant: Commemorative Slice of Tusk, 1885
  • Jumbo, The Elephant: Commemorative Slice of Tusk, 1885

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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.

Estimate $2,000-$3,000

Realised: $6,000
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

About artist/note:

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.