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Lot #10
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$3,250.00(hammer price)
 $3,900.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedNovember 21, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH Mid-19th Century
Multiple vignettes around circumference of tooth, all with red and blue/green highlights. The upper half of the obverse depicts a spread-wing eagle with a ribband in its beak, a shield at its breast and arrows and olive branches in its talons. A cloud- and star-like banner arches above the eagle. Lower half with rectangular vignette titled Lapland" and captioned "[?] Reindeer" depicts a figure in a sled being pulled by a reindeer through a landscape with trees, mountains, other reindeer and a teepee-like structure, probably a lavvu, a dwelling used by indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. Image probably inspired by one in a book, atlas or other publication. Upper half of reverse with a basket of flowers flanked by other floral and foliate elements. Lower half with starboard portrait of an American bark flying an agent's flag from the foremast, a long pennant from the aft mast and an American flag off the stern. Interestingly, the flag's stripes are colored red in the upper half and blue in the lower half. Three small floral and foliate designs around circumference of tip. Length 6".
This item is not available for international delivery without CITES and other necessary permits. Obtaining these permits is the obligation of the buyer. Please be aware of current international and domestic regulations and bid accordingly."

Condition

Two small pierced holes and roughness/chips at base of tooth, probably from being mounted in a stand that is no logner present. Obverse with age crack at base extending from pierced hole to approx. 1.5 into Lapland scene, then very faintly up through more of tooth. Reverse with two age cracks at base, one very small and one extending approx. 1" into ship portrait. Typical age lines at tip.

This item will not be shipped internationally without a CITES permit. Obtaining CITES and any other necessary permits is the obligation of the buyer."

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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