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Lot #4
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$4,250.00(hammer price)
 $5,100.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019

Description

FINE AND IMPORTANT WHALE IVORY, EBONY AND COCONUT SHELL DIPPER America, Dated 1871
Shell bowl elaborately carved with an American eagle clutching a Union" shield above "On Board of the Whaling Bark Stafford - Sept. 1871" incorporated within an elaborate floral, foliate and bird design. Curved ebony handle inset with mother-of-pearl triangles flanking a rectangular whale ivory panel. Handle attached to bowl with a whale ivory elongated heart-form mount. Length 13".
Provenance:
Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's New York, December 16-17, 1983, Lot #366. Described as "Perhaps the finest scrimshaw dipper to come to light; the relief-carved bowl is very unusual if not unique. The Bark Stafford was a Wing ship sailing from New Bedford in 1870 under Captain Moulton for the Indian Ocean, returning in 1873. The dipper was discovered in the middle west at a church fair."
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Condition

Several fine cracks to the shell dipper.


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