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Item Details

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

Description

BOXED SCRIMSHAW SPELLING ALPHABET 19th Century
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.
Provenance:
Steve Miller, New York.
Jeffrey Cohen.
Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. Includes original sales receipt.
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Condition

No significant wear or damages noted.

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