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Item Details

Lot #203
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$1,500.00
High Estimate$2,500.00
Last UpdatedJune 7, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW DITTY BOX Mid-19th Century
Oval box with wooden top and bottom and baleen sides. Top with whale ivory, whalebone and contrasting wood inlay in the shapes of a pig, two birds and a running horse. Top's baleen apron engraved with a fruiting vine design. Two-finger joint with brass caps. Box's baleen sides engraved around the circumference with a standing gentleman holding a cane and a book, a bird perched on a leafy branch, a basket of flowers, a memorial monument flanked by shrubs within a fenced enclosure, a leafy tree, a standing woman gesturing with her arms and looking behind her, and a native figure by a palm tree. Three-finger joint with brass, whale ivory and mother-of-pearl geometric designs. Additional brass diamonds affixed around circumference of base. Constructed with copper rivets. Inscribed on underside C. Rogers [?] Nantucket 1830". Height 4". Length 8". Width 5.5"."

Condition

Some deterioration and warpage.

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