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Item Details

Lot #28
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$8,000.00
High Estimate$12,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 18, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH PATRIOTIC MOTIFS Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts an image and verse sourced from The Kedge Anchor; or, Young Sailors' Assistant by William Brady, published in 1841. An eagle is perched at the feet of Hope or Lady Liberty, who is standing near a cannon and a mast flying a large American flag. She is wearing a tall red cap, is draped in a robe and holds an American shield at her feet. A distant lighthouse and a ship in rolling seas are in the background to her left and right. Verse 'Ships our cradles, decks our pillows, Lulled by winds and rocked on billows; Gaily bound we o'er the tide. Hope our anchor, Heaven our guide.'" contained within a wide shield-form cartouche below image. Reverse depicts a child holding arrows and an American flag on pole while riding on the back of an eagle. The eagle's beak is open and its wings and head wrap around the edge of the tooth and are visible from the obverse. Heavily inked and nicely detailed images that cover the majority of the tooth. Length 6.25".
Provenance:
Richard "Sam" Sylvia, Nantucket, Massachusetts.

The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

No wear or damages noted.

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