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Lot #179
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$6,000.00
High Estimate$9,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW PANBONE BUSK ATTRIBUTED TO W. HILL OR E. HILL First Half of the 19th Century
Depicts six vignettes: an array of Masonic symbols, a whaling scene, a scene of a seated Britannia with a recumbent lion at her side and a ship in the distance, a view of Neptune riding a shell chariot drawn by two seahorses, a portrait of a sailor and his sweetheart in a farm landscape, and a starboard stern-quarter portrait of Lord Admiral Nelson's flagship, the H.M.S. Victory, flying a Royal Navy ensign. Below the lowest vignette is a four-leaf clover with anchor-form tendrils.
According to Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists by Stuart M. Frank (Mystic, Ct.: Mystic Seaport Museum Inc., 1991), W. Hill or E. Hill are presumed to be British brothers William and Edward Hill. Not much is known about them other than the stylistic consistencies seen in their scrimshaw output. A tooth with similar images to this busk, undoubtedly by the same hand, is illustrated in Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, Whales and Whalemen by E. Norman Flayderman (New Milford, Ct.: N. Flayderman & Co., Inc., 1972), p. 13.
Provenance:
West Sea Company, San Diego, 2003.

Condition

Moderate warp. Age lines/cracks at bottom.

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