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Item Details

Temp #23
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$30,000.00
High Estimate$50,000.00
Last UpdatedMarch 8, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH ATTRIBUTED TO CALEB ALBRO Circa 1835-1847
Obverse depicts three vignettes. Upper vignette depicts an eagle perched on an anchor resting on a floating log, with an American flag on pole to the left. Central vignette is titled Sperm Whaling In the South Sea" in script lettering and depicts a whaling scene with whaleship and three whaleboats in pursuit of a diving sperm whale. Lower vignette depicts a spouting sperm whale. Reverse depicts an attractive woman wearing a bonnet and gown holding an open parasol in her right hand and a handkerchief in her left hand. She is standing on a parquet floor beneath swagged draperies. Length 7.25".
In his appraisal of this tooth, Stuart M. Frank "confidently attributes" it to Caleb T. Albro of Jamestown and Portsmouth, Rhode Island, who sailed aboard the John Coggeshall of Newport from 1834 to 1847. According to Scrimshaw and Provenance: A Third Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists written by Frank (Mystic, Ct.: Stuart M. Frank and Mystic Seaport Museum, 2013), Albro was born probably in 1816 and served on one whaling voyage.
Provenance:
Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection.
West Sea Company, 1997."

Condition

Typical age lines at base and tip.

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