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The Marine Sale

July 20, 2017

Lot #20
Sold For$100,000.00(hammer price)
 $120,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 4, 2017


Obverse depicts the Nantucket whaleship Susan with active whaling taking place off her bow. "The Susan boiling & killing sperm whales" in a banner above scene. Faint smoke emanating from center of hull indicates the whaleship is in the act of trying down. Reverse depicts the Susan in the act of cutting in and active whaling taking place off her bow. "The Susan on the Coast of Japan" in banner above scene. At upper right a vine surrounds an arch of small stars above a spread-wing eagle clutching arrows in its talons and a banner inscribed "E Pluribus Unum" in its beak.
Inscribed on one edge of tooth "Ship Susan of Nantucket Frederick Swain Master". Inscribed on opposite edge "Death to the Living long live the killers Success to sailors wives & greasy luck to whalers". Obverse of tip depicts two crossed American flags. Reverse of tip depicts an anchor. A band encircling the tip is inscribed "Engraved by Fredk Myrick on board the ship Susan March th 4th 1829". A narrow foliate vine encircles base. Length 6.75".
Scrimshaw: The Whaler's Legacy
by Martha Lawrence (Atglen, Penn.: Schiffer Publishing Ltd., 1993), figure 84.

Frederick Myrick of Nantucket: Scrimshaw Catalog Raisonne
by Donald E. Ridley and Stuart M. Frank, the Kendall Whaling Museum Monograph Series No. 13 (Sharon, Mass: Kendall Whaling Museum, 2000), figures 21 and 40.

Frederick Myrick: Physical Characteristics of the Scrimshaw
by Donald E. Ridley, Stuart M. Frank, et al, the Kendall Whaling Museum Monograph Series No. 14 (Sharon, Mass: Kendall Whaling Museum, 2000), figures V, 4 and 7.


Sotheby's Parke Bernet, February 2, 1979.

Jeffrey and Francine Cohen Collection.

Nina Hellman to Thomas Mittler, March 9, 1994.

Figure 31 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."


Faint age lines and tiny nicks at base.

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