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Temp #32
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,500.00
Last UpdatedMarch 6, 2019

Description

RARE AND UNUSUAL SCRIMSHAW WHALEBONE PLAQUE First Half of the 19th Century
Carved whalebone figure of Neptune mounted on an oval piece of whale vertebrae. Neptune holds a trident in his right hand, a cloth in his left hand and is riding a clamshell drawn by two seahorses. Below Neptune is the face of a mythological creature. Overall 12.25 x 10.25".
Provenance:
Richard A. Bourne Company Auctions: The Whaling Collection of the Late Richard J. Wehle, May 30, 1990.
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Condition

Some portions of trident missing. Cloth is broken near Neptune's hand. Some deterioration of clamshell, possibly part of the making or naturally occuring in the bone.

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