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Temp #25
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$4,000.00
High Estimate$6,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 22, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH LADY LIBERTY AND OTHER PATRIOTIC IMAGES Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts Lady Liberty holding a flagpole in her left hand while an eagle drinks from a chalice she holds aloft in her right hand. Above the eagle is an arch of sunrays and Liberty" in minuscule lettering. Lady Liberty is surrounded by a drum, shield, cannon, cannonballs, spears and other implements. Foliate cartouche at base. Reverse with a stylized American flag at tip, a ship portrait at center and a fraternal montage at base. A long verse, with the lettering formed as an arch, frames the montage, which includes sunrays, a dove, a cross, an open bible, a sword, a beehive, an anchor and olive branches. Scalloped sunburst design at base. One edge with a sun face above three hills. Other edge with a five-pointed star above a monument or altar. Length 4".
This tooth is by the same hand as the Walton/Creamer tooth in the Peabody Essex Museum collection. Another tooth by the same hand was part of the Barbara Johnson Whaling Collection, Sotheby's New York, September 24-25, 1982, Lot #230.
Provenance:
Nina Hellman, Nantucket, Massachusetts. Hellman indicated she discovered the tooth at the Brimfield Antiques Show.
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Condition

Slight roughness at tip. Base cut nearly to solid ivory and is plugged with a wooden mount for a stand (stand not included).

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