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Item Details

Lot #45
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$3,000.00
High Estimate$5,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 18, 2019

Description

PAIR OF SCRIMSHAW WALRUS TUSKS 19th Century
Both with an elaborate floral vine above four vignettes. One tusk depicts a puppy jumping on a child in a carriage, a woman feeding chickens, a polar bear facing off with a man wielding a dagger, and the ship Victoria". (The Victoria was lost in the Arctic in the 1871 disaster.) Other tusk depicts a young couple and their dog, a mother and her two children bundling sticks, a man poised to harpoon a walrus, and a man smoking a pipe while seated on a crate surrounded by barrels. Lengths 30.25".
Similar examples by the same hand were sold by the Richard A. Bourne Company, Hyannis, Massachusetts, August 1966, Lot #279; November 10, 1988, Lot #246; August 5, 1980, Lot #36; and August 1-2, 1978, Lot #423. Another tusk by the same hand, owned by the Focke Museum in Hamburg, Germany, is illustrated in Arts of the Seafarer by Hans Jurgen Hansen (1968), p. 273.
Provenance:
Private Collection. Purchased in Vancouver, B.C., August 1963.

The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

One with old shallow chip on obverse of tip.

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