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Our selection of reader letters summing up the issues that roused your passions in 2017

All about value

January

MADAM – I fear the whole government consultation into ivory will be dominated by the mechanics of certificates to sell, and whether these will cost £30 or £120 and last three months or three years.

If you are a BADA dealer or an international 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.

Simon Shouler

Shouler & Son

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