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Item Details

Temp #329
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$3,000.00
High Estimate$5,000.00
Last UpdatedFebruary 8, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALEBONE BUSK Mid-19th Century
Central panel depicts a flower blossom set on a stepped base with geometric designs. Central panel flanked by panels of verse in script lettering: Accept dear girl the best from me Carved by my humble hand I took it form a sperm whales jaw One thousand miles from land" and "In many a gale has been the whale In which this bone did rest His time is past his bone at last Must now support thy brest [sic". Panels separated by fine geometric bands. Foliate elements at each end and below text in left panel. Engraved "MA" on reverse. Busk lobed at one end and curved at other. Length 14"."

Condition

Cracks at both ends, one extending approx. 7 and othe rother approx. 3". Very slightly warped."

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