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Temp #23
Low Estimate$1,000.00
High Estimate$1,500.00
Last UpdatedMay 13, 2019


Mahogany box with beveled sliding top, inset with a whalebone plaque marked Spelling Alphabet". Contains approx. 109 whalebone tiles with an uppercase letter on one face and the corresponding lowercase letter on the opposite face. Possibly commercially produced in London. Box height 2". Length 5.25". Width 3.75". Tiles approx. .75" x .5".
A similar example, possibly this exact item, is illustrated in Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, Whales and Whalemen by E. Norman Flayderman (New Milford, Ct.: N. Flayderman & Co., Inc., 1972), p. 240.
Steve Miller, New York.
Jeffrey Cohen.
Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. Includes original sales receipt.


No significant wear or damages noted.

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