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An intriguing compilation of images, including Poseidon, a helmeted Greek warrior holding an arrow, a domed lighthouse with distant ship, a patriotic spread-wing eagle below a wreath of stars containing "In God We Trust", a couple bowing to each other, a bust portrait of a man, two differing "HRMF" monograms, the United Kingdom's Royal coat of arms, and the Kingdom of Hawaii's coat of arms with an "Aloha" banner. Signed on reverse of both "Richardson U.S.N. Del.". It is purported the tusks commemorate the wedding of an English gentleman who worked for the British government to a Hawaiian lady, with their combined initials being the HRMF monogram. Lengths approx. 25".
According to the consignor, the tusks descended in the John S. McGrew and Charles B. Cooper families of Hawaii. McGrew was referred to as the "Father of Annexation" for his efforts to annex the islands to the U.S., and Cooper was an American health official researching a cure for leprosy on Hawaii.

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  • Condition: Pierced at tips for hanging. Typical age lines. Scattered areas of residue, all appear removable.

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