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Lot #158
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$2,000.00
High Estimate$3,000.00
Last UpdatedJune 6, 2019

Description

* PAIR OF ENGRAVED WHALE'S TEETH ILLUSTRATING THE BALLAD OF BILLY TAYLOR 20th Century
Obverses engraved with images and reverses with lines from the ballad. One tooth depicts A true and lamentable Ballad call'd Billy Taylor Shewing the fatal effects of Inconstancy" above a man and woman lying prostrate in the street in front of a building, probably a tavern. Other tooth depicts a portly peg-legged captain clasping the arm of a young sailor (actually a woman in disguise) who is holding a pistol. Lengths 7".* Per Federal Regulation, this item may only be purchased by a Massachusetts resident and will not be shipped out of state.
Provenance:
Purchased at a benefit sale for an old soldier's home in England by Bill Scollard, mid-1970s.
John R. Gangel, 1996.
Ben Nysewander.
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