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Item Details

Lot #251
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$2,500.00
High Estimate$3,500.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

PAIR OF POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH WITH PORTRAITS OF WOMEN Mid-19th Century
An asymmetrical pair, with nearly identical portraits of the same woman on the obverse. She has flowers in her curled hair, is wearing a double-strand necklace and a dress with ruffled shoulders, and she is holding a red flower to her breast in her right hand and a kerchief in her left hand. The portraits are framed within an arch of flowering vines. The reverse of one tooth depicts a flowering potted plant within a flowering vine. The reverse of the other depicts a leafy tree. Some elements on both teeth with stippled engraving. Tips of both teeth broken off. Lengths 5 and 5.25"."

Condition

Tips broken off, as noted. Other age lines, abrasions and discoloration.

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