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Item Details

Lot #30
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$3,000.00(hammer price)
 $3,600.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedOctober 17, 2016

Description

WHALEMAN-MADE WATCH TOWER Mid-19th Century
Two whale's teeth are mounted to a walnut base raised on four whale ivory feet. Teeth flank a baleen-veneered panel topped with three removable urn-form whale ivory finials. Watch opening backed with a piece of fabric. Height 8.75. Width 11.25". Depth 6".

Three additional watch towers by this anonymous whaleman are in the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. See Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carvedby Stuart M. Frank (Boston: David R. Godine with the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 2012).
Note: Figure 171 in Through the Eyes of a Collector
by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

Condition

Feet slightly loose. One whale ivory pin that latches watch compartment is probably a replacement.

The description of the item above may not be the final version used in the catalog. The descriptions are as yet unedited and may contain mistakes. The description, estimates and photos could all be wrong. In rare cases they may not end up in this sale. Once the items have received their lot number the descriptions will have been changed if needed.

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