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Spring Americana, Paintings and Maritime Art

April 6 - April 8, 2017

Lot #1040
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$60,000.00(hammer price)
 $72,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedMay 3, 2017

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH ATTRIBUTED TO THE LADY WELLINGTON ENGRAVER First Half of the 19th Century
Obverse depicts a highly detailed and deeply engraved scene of the battle between the Shannon and the Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Cannonballs visible in the ship's rigging and a U.S. flag is flying off the stern of the Chesapeake, which is seen on the right. Titled below scene Shannon & Chesapeak [sic]". Reverse depicts a ship in heavy seas and is titled below scene "A Gale". Deeply engraved garland encircles tip and deeply engraved geometric band encircles base. Length 6.75".

Figure 48 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

Condition

Some faint age cracks at base. One large interior chip, which is slightly visible on the exterior. Numerous fritting and chips at base.

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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