Ivory warehouse

Ivory warehouse of Hamburg’s walking-stick factory »Heinrich Christian Meyer jr.« at Großen Grasbrook, Hamburg, Germany, around 1870.
Courtesy of Museum der Arbeit, Hamburg

In Joachim Tielke‘s time, ivory was rare and thus valuable. This was to change when the Europeans systematically came to grips with the elephant in order to process its tusks into billiard balls, piano keys and the knobs of walking sticks. A look into the warehouse of Heinrich Christian Meyer’s factory, called “Stockmeyer,” gives an idea of the scale of the butchery.