Our sincere apologies for not being allowed to deliver your December bows yet! New York State Law A10143 passed on August 12, 2014, effectively banning the trade of mammoth and elephant ivory, with a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is musical instruments. That is very good news for the trade of fine instruments and bows, but the law still requires a license from NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
We immediately procured a license for the October sale and executed it legally and without complication. We applied for the December sale on November 7, and only days before the auction ended did NYSDEC begin a review of the licensing process with tighter standards.
Over the last two months we've been asked for more information to supplement the application and to satisfy the state's new standards. We respond immediately, and the state takes more time. We're working closely with our legal team and a few well-meaning NYSDEC employees.
We're very sorry that some of this remains out of our control for the moment. I can't agree more that the law, or at least their practice of enforcement at this moment, is a burden. We're committed to remaining on the right side of the law, and I think the delays are the result of a learning curve on the part of the NYS DEC. We expect to develop an application/licensing routine that has no impact on bidders. We want you to bid without concern for the license and expect that will be possible.