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Lot #234
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,500.00
Last UpdatedOctober 24, 2019


Whale's tooth handle carved with a heart containing a hex sign on one side, an anchor with rope on the other side, a rope design at the base, and geometric chip-carvings throughout. Baleen and shell dots inlaid at tip, base and within the heart. Shell blade affixed to handle with exotic wood mount; mount decorated on both sides with a carved mythical eye inlaid with whale ivory and baleen. Length 13.75.
Acquired at an antiques show in San Francisco.

The Collection of Sam and Donna McDowell.
This item is not available for international delivery without CITES and other necessary permits. Obtaining these permits is the obligation of the buyer. Please be aware of current international and domestic regulations and bid accordingly."


Generally well preserved, with no significant wear or damage. Blade with very slight warp, very small and shallow old chip, and some shallow, unobtrusive abrasions. Residue on one side of blade probably removable. Wooden mount with two very small chips. Tooth with some typical age lines.

This item will not be shipped internationally without a CITES permit. Obtaining CITES and any other necessary permits is the obligation of the buyer.

The description of the item above may not be the final version used in the catalog. The descriptions are as yet unedited and may contain mistakes. The description, estimates and photos could all be wrong. In rare cases they may not end up in this sale. Once the items have received their lot number the descriptions will have been changed if needed.

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