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If you are a BADA dealer or a national auction house, you can come to terms with such a settlement. But the vast majority of worked ivory, or rosewood veneer, is attached to items with a value of £100 down to a fiver, passing through hands who cannot tell whether it is ivory or bone, rosewood or mahogany.

We need a de minimis rule to exclude such items from restrictions on sale, based on the value of the item and the weight or volume of suspected offending material involved.

Shouler & Son Melton Mowbray and Grantham