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Item Details

Temp #1
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$12,000.00
High Estimate$15,000.00
Last UpdatedApril 30, 2019

Description

PAIR OF POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WALRUS TUSKS WITH CARVED AND ENGRAVED DECORATION Mid-19th Century
Tips of tusks carved in the form of a flower blossom, circled by an engraved foliate band. Both tusks with three patriotic vignettes, the central of which are both oval bust portraits of men in uniform, possibly Civil War commanders. Upper vignette of one tusk depicts a spread-wing eagle, a Pluribus Unum" banner, an American shield, a shield-shaped cartouche containing a sunlit landscape, an anchor, an "Excelsior" banner and a landscape design. Lower vignette depicts Lady Liberty holding a phrygian cap-topped staff in her left hand and an American shield in her right hand. She is draped in an American flag and sits upon a monumental plinth. Upper vignette of other tusk depicts Columbia holding an American flag on pole in her right hand and pointing her left hand. Lower vignette depicts Lady Justice, holding the scales of justice in her right hand and a sword in her left hand. She is seated on a monumental plinth with a small American shield on one face. Tusks mounted on stone bases. Overall heights approx. 15.25"."

Condition

One tusk with shallow old crack at tip, impacting the carved decoration. Typical age lines. Bases with some damages.

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