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Temp #31
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$12,000.00
High Estimate$18,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 12, 2019

Description

PATRIOTIC POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts a Liberty" banner above a spread-wing eagle clutching an "E Pluribus Unum" banner in its beak, a shield at its breast and arrows and olive branches in its talons. The eagle is perched on a stylized American shield flanked by American flags. Below the shield is an arrangement of cannons, swords, spears, anchors and cannonballs. Reverse depicts the "U.S.F. Constitution" at sea, flying an American flag off the stern. Both sides initialed near base "JB". Length 7.5".
This tooth has been authenticated by Don Ridley and Dr. Stuart M. Frank at the Scrimshaw Forensics Laboratory.
This tooth is by the same hand as a similar tooth and a cane sold at Skinner, November 4, 2017, Lot#144.
Provenance:
Richard A. Bourne Company, August 4, 1981, Lot #134.
Sotheby's, May 22, 2003, Lot #752.
Hyland Granby Antiques, Hyannis Port, Massachusetts."

Condition

Age crackson both obverse and reverse extending into scenes.

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