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Lot #24
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$60,000.00
High Estimate$80,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 18, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH BY THE NAVAL MONUMENT ENGRAVER WITH ORIGINAL WHALING SCENE Second Quarter of the 19th Century
This is the only known tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver with an original whaling scene. Most of his work was sourced from the 1816 and 1837 editions of Abel Bowen's The Naval Monument. Obverse, with original scene titled Whale Scenery", depicts two whaleships, one in the act of cutting in, and two whaleboats, one under sail, pursuing a pod of whales. Reverse titled "Despatch, Majestic, Endymion, Tenedos, President, Pomone, The President Engaging The Endymion While Pursued By the British Squadron". Billowing smoke surrounds the ship in the foreground. Rich patina throughout. Length 7".
This tooth is mentioned in the section on the Naval Monument Engraver in Scrimshaw and Provenance: A Third Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists by Stuart M. Frank (Mystic, Ct.: Stuart M. Frank and Mystic Seaport Museum, 2013), p. 202.
Provenance:
Estate of Helen Palmer Lincoln, Kenneth W. Van Blarcom Auction, Wareham, Massachusetts, August 22, 1993.
Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, Massachusetts, August 13, 1994, Lot #154.

The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

Age cracks, approx. 1.5, extend from base into scenes on both obverse and reverse. Uneven base."

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