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The Marine Sale

July 20, 2017

Lot #11
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$80,000.00(hammer price)
 $96,000.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedAugust 4, 2017

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH KNOWN AS THE VIGNETTE TOOTH" Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts a scene of a whaleship in the act of cutting in and three whaleboats, one of which is being stoved by a whale. Vignette at upper center depicts a two-masted ship on a dead run. Reverse depicts a whaleship flying an American flag from its midmast. Active whaling surrounds the ship, including four whaleboats and six whales, one of which is waifed. Vignette at upper right depicts a three-masted ship off a coast with lighthouse and palm trees. Diamond band at top edge of tooth. Each vignette is framed by a diamond border. Quarter fan design at upper corners of scenes and vignettes. Length 6.75".

Note: A similar tooth by the same hand was sold at Eldred's Maritime Art Auction, July 22, 2011, Lot #623.

Illustrated:
Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, Whales and Whalemen
by E. Norman Flayderman (New Milford, Conn.: N. Flayderman & Co., 1971), figure 71 and 93.



Figure 5 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

Condition

Good condition. Slight age cracks at base.

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