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Lot #6
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$4,000.00
High Estimate$6,000.00
Last UpdatedMay 29, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH America, Mid-19th Century
Both sides engraved with multiple elaborate and finely engraved vignettes. Obverse with Prince of Wales feathers, a floral sprig, a rope-framed cartouche depicting a mother bird tending her young in their nest, and a floral, foliate and drapery swag over an interior scene of a seated woman playing a lyre, while a sheet of music and a pitcher of flowers rest on the table beside her. Reverse with a foliate and swag garland enclosing two hearts pierced by an arrow, a patriotic or possibly fraternal swag, a star and rising sun design over an American eagle clutching a shield, banner, arrows and olive branches, and a theatrical scene of winged acrobats standing on the backs of two horses. Length 7.5."

Condition

Chips at base. Area of discoloration to left of woman on obverse. Age line at tip.

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