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Lot #145
Sold For$2,900.00(hammer price)
 $3,480.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJanuary 10, 2020


Constructed of two scrimshaw whale's teeth flanking an engraved whalebone tower, all mounted on an exotic wood base with whale ivory and mother-of-pearl geometric inlay. One tooth depicts a stern quarter view of the H.M.S. Fury" and the other tooth depicts a broadside larboard view of the "H.M.S. Liddon". Both ships identified in script lettering below images, and both teeth have a sawtooth border encircling the base. Central whalebone tower with broken arch pediment centering a surmounted disk. Engraved throughout with a vine and thistle design. Rectangular chamfered base with rounded cut corners and inlay in diamond, triangle and circle designs. Retains label on underside with handwritten inscription "History of Ivory Watch Stand North, East, + West Passages Captain Parry + Lyn in 'Fury' and 'Liddon' May 8th 1821-23 St. Vincent, W.I." Height approx. 5". Width 10". Depth 4.5".
William Edward Parry (1790-1855) commanded three naval expeditions to the Arctic in search of a Northwest Passage, the last two aboard the H.M.S. Fury. The H.M.S. Liddon is an apparent mistake as there was no such ship, but a Matthew Liddon served with Parry on an earlier expedition, and Parry was godfather to Liddon's son, Henry Parry Liddon.
Laurence Langford, London, August 10, 1998
The Collection of Sam and Donna McDowell.
This item is not available for international delivery without CITES and other necessary permits. Obtaining these permits is the obligation of the buyer. Please be aware of current international and domestic regulations and bid accordingly."


Age lines on teeth. Separation of wooden base extending from center of left edge. Some lines/cracks on base's whale ivory inlay. Some lifting of inlay. Base with three circular gouges and some other light abrasions.

This item will not be shipped internationally without a CITES permit. Obtaining CITES and any other necessary permits is the obligation of the buyer.

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