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Item Details

Lot #106
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$4,000.00
High Estimate$6,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 4, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH EAGLE AND WHALING IMAGES Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts a spread-wing eagle clutching olive branches and arrows in its talons hovering above a coastal scene of a ship flying an American flag off the stern. A large American ensign frames the scene at left, with buildings, another ship and a lighthouse in the background. Reverse, titled Aug. 7. 1844 Took 90 Barrel. Whale.", depicts a whaling scene with whaleship and two whaleboats, one of which is being stoved by a sperm whale. Imagine inspired from the 1844 masthead of "The Whalemen's Shipping List". Length 4.25".
Provenance:
Estate of Edouard Stackpole of Nantucket, Massachusetts. An author and whaling historian, Stackpole was an editor of the Nantucket
Inquirer & Mirror, a president of the Nantucket Historical Association and a founder/director of Mystic Seaport.
Richard "Sam" Sylvia, Nantucket, Massachusetts.
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Condition

Age crack at tip, not impacting scenes.

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