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Item Details

Lot #49
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$3,000.00
High Estimate$5,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 18, 2019

Description

WHALE IVORY AND WHALEBONE SWIFT ON AN OCTAGONAL WOODEN BASE 19th Century
Swift with turned whale ivory yarn cup, adjustment knobs and screw, whalebone staves, and a whalebone shaft with medial baleen or wood band. Base with carved whalebone gallery, contrasting trim, two working drawers and six faux drawers. Overall height 18.25.
Another swift by the same maker is in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection (number 2001.100.942).
Provenance:
Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, Massachusetts, August 7, 1993, Lot #76.

The Collection of Paul Vardeman."

Condition

Base with age splits and some moldings missing. Swift with age lines. Under precursory examination all staves appear intact.

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