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Lot #199
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$7,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

PAIR OF POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH WITH PATRIOTIC MOTIFS Second Half of the 19th Century
One tooth signed on edge E.A.G." Obverse depicts a standing Columbia draped in an American flag, with another American flag on pole as well as an eagle and a shield behind her. To her right is a partial view of a ship. Reverse depicts Hope standing and leaning against an anchor, with an American flag on pole behind her and a partial view of a ship to her left. She is identified in a banner above her head. Obverse of other tooth depicts a sailor standing on deck, holding a sextant in his outstretched right arm and resting his left hand on a cannon. He is surrounded by an American flag on pole, an eagle, a shield, netting, cannonballs, etc. Inscribed "1877" above his head. Reverse depicts seated Liberty wearing a Liberty cap and holding a cornucopia and a scepter. She is surrounded by a bow, a quiver of arrows and an eagle perched upon a column. Work is monochromatic save for vibrant red highlights. Lengths 4.5".
Provenance:
West Sea Company, San Diego, July 2000. According to West Sea, the pair was purchased from Michael Nice, whose grandfather Joseph Browning and great uncle Jack Browning served aboard American whaleships. The connection between the Browning family and the initials "EAG" is not known.
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