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Lot #160
Low Estimate$3,000.00
High Estimate$5,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 6, 2019


SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH Last Quarter of the 19th Century
Obverse depicts a finely detailed spread-wing eagle over a modified compass rose. The eagle has a distinctive eye, a sharply pointed beak and exceptional feathering, and has an American shield at its breast, olive leaves in its right talon and a quiver of arrows in its left talons. Reverse depicts an active whaling scene with whaleship, two six-man whaleboats, both fast to a whale, and three additional visible whales, one of which is waifed. Length 6.25."


Old chip at tip, possibly from when the whale tooth was taken. Age lines at tip and base.

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