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Item Details

Temp #17
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,500.00
Last UpdatedMarch 25, 2019

Description

TURBAN SHELL WITH ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF THE GREAT EASTERN ATTRIBUTED TO C.H. WOOD Dated 1861
Depicts a broadside portrait of the British transatlantic steamship Great Eastern, titled in script lettering The Grt Eastern Stm Ship" below image. Dimensions of the ship below title and inscription "Purchased on board by Willm Stranaghan June 14th 1861" above image, all in the same script lettering as the title. Length 5.75".
Provenance:
Bonhams, London, Sale 11706, Lot #152.

According to Dr. Stuart M. Frank, C.H. Wood is known for the finely engraved steamship portraits on nautilus and turban shells. He was aboard the Great Eastern on her maiden voyage to New York, during which he produced personally inscribed souvenirs for other passengers. Early versions of his engraved shells were presented to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert."

Condition

No significant wear or damage noted. Small pierced hole, possibly for mounting on a stand.

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