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Lot #142
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$12,000.00
High Estimate$15,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 6, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts a spread-wing eagle above a portrait of a brig above a scene of a gaff-rigged sloop approaching land. Eagle with a shield dangling from its neck and arrows in its talons. Brig flying an American flag off the stern and a red pennant from the central mast. Reverse depicts floral and foliate sprays with blossoms colored with red ink. Length 7. Includes a wooden base with silver mount in a pierced star design.
Illustrated in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015), fig. 22.
Provenance:
William Boylhart Collection.
The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection."

Condition

Typical roughness at base.

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