1) Part of the tusk of an elephant, hippopotamus, walrus or narwhal, used to carve valuable status symbols in the Middle Ages.
1415 j cofyr de evor sculptum, Wollaton
1429 unam parvam cistam de evor ligatam cum argento, Swine. 1483 chessemen of every et iijs iiijd, Rudby. It was a material used also to make handles: 1392 j razor habens manubrium de ebore, York
1434 unum baslard cum manubrio de evere et argento, Arncliffe, and one of the more expensive materials favoured later by Sheffield cutlers. In 1692, Robert Nicholls, who was a former Master Cutler, had in his work chamber Ends of Silver and pieces of Ivory, Ł1 5s 0d … hafts and old Ivory 3 dozen of Ivory hafts, 9s 0d . In 1713, John Shirtcliffe had A parcel of Ivory teeth 15. 8. 0, A parcel of Ivory hafts unwrought Ł2 . In 1807, an ivory turner was a lease holder of Club Mill or Old Park Forge.