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Item Details

Lot #161
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$5,000.00
High Estimate$7,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 6, 2019

Description

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING A SAILOR AND A LADY Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts a bearded sailor in a striped shirt, wide-legged pants and flat shoes standing in an archway and holding his hat in his outstretched hand. Above the archway is a spread-wing eagle backed by a rising sun and perched on a globe. The archway, sun and globe are possibly Masonic symbols. Reverse depicts a woman holding a flower in one hand and a handkerchief in the other while standing next to a memorial urn filled with an abundant floral arrangement. Some elements, including the woman's eyes and armbands and the berries in the floral arrangement, are executed in very deep pinpoint. Length 8.
Provenance:
Descended in a Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts family.
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Condition

Rich patina. Small areas of discoloration in rising sun on obverse. Age lines at tip.
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