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Item Details

Lot #230
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$2,000.00
High Estimate$3,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

PAGE TURNER WITH WHALE'S TOOTH HANDLE 19th Century
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.
Provenance:
Acquired at an antiques show in San Francisco.
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Condition

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.

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