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Item Details

Temp #3
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$8,000.00
High Estimate$12,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 2, 2019

Description

PANBONE BOX WITH POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW DECORATION OF AN EAGLE American, Mid-19th Century
Rectangular lidded box with dovetail construction, made from panbone sections, approx. .25 to .5" thickness, and a pine two-piece base. Top of lid engraved with an arch of 13 five-pointed stars above an American spread-wing eagle perched beside a shield on an oval plinth. The eagle's beak is open and he clutches four arrows in his right talon. The shield has 13 stripes, alternating stripes colored with red sealing wax, and is draped with an "E. Pluribus Unum" banner. Diamond and star border along perimeter of top, with a repetitive design on the front side of both the lid and the box. Front of box engraved with a spreading branch bearing leaves and flower blossoms. Retains a label affixed to the interior handwritten "Uncle Edward Almy Gave It to Majel's Mother. Made on Whaling Ship - Considered Unusual - Has Been Exhibited" and a loose note with handwritten inscription indicating the box descended in the Howland family of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Height 4". Width 10.25". Depth 7"."

Condition

Typical minor warpage. Minor staining.

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