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Item Details

Lot #114
DepartmentScrimshaw
Sold For$4,250.00(hammer price)
 $5,100.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJuly 25, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH ATTRIBUTED TO THE STAR ENGRAVER Mid-19th Century
Depicts an American shield below crossing flags, one the British red ensign and the other a stylized American flag. A laurel wreath with red flowers and berries surrounds the shield and the flagpoles. Mounted to a wooden base. Overall height 8.75.
As discussed 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. 269, the Star Engraver is so named because of the distinctive five-pointed stars seen on his known work. Five of his teeth are part of the Nantucket Historical Association collection, and one, with an identical shield and a portrait of a woman, was sold at Eldred's, July 19, 2013, Lot #623. (This same tooth was sold again at Rafael Osona Auctions, August 4, 2018).
The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

Some age lines at base. No other damages noted.

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