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Item Details

Lot #174
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$2,500.00
High Estimate$3,500.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

WHALE IVORY AND BALEEN FID WITH CARVED FIST DESIGN 19th Century
Whale ivory terminal carved in the form of a fist clenching a small snake that wraps around the hand and wrist. Ring of shell carved in a rope design encircles wrist below the snake's tail. Whale ivory carved in a turk's-head knot design separates terminal from shaft, which is comprised of alternating bands of exotic wood, baleen and whale ivory. Whale ivory tip retains its sharp point. Length 6.5.
Provenance:
Richard "Sam" Sylvia, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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Condition

Whale ivory components with rust-colored patina, most noticeable in the fist and turk's-head knot.

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