Overall, the condition of the knife and fork is good, with some dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor tarnishing to the metal. There is a minor loss to the tip of the knife's blade and the prongs of the fork are very slightly warped. There are a few small losses to the ivory, including to the head of the animal at the top of the knife, and the proper left ear of the top lion of the knife, and on the fork to the jaw and teeth of the lion on the proper left side. There is some stable splitting to the ivory, consistent with the material, in particular to the fork's lion on the proper right side and to the knife's hilt on one side, where there is some brown staining. There is some yellowing to the ivory, consistent with the material. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."