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Item Details

Lot #1
DepartmentScrimshaw
Low Estimate$5,000.00
High Estimate$7,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 9, 2019

Description

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING FIGURES BY THE ROYAL HOTEL" Mid-19th Century
A well-detailed scene that wraps entirely around the circumference of the tooth. At center of obverse is a horse and carriage driving past the two-story brick "Royal Hotel", which has curtains hanging in each window and smoke emanating from the two chimneys. To the left of the hotel is a towering cherry tree, with tiny red fruit and a canopy that wraps around the tooth. Beside the tree are two men in long coats. At center of reverse is a strolling couple, the man carrying a bird perched on a small branch and the woman wearing a large hat, a red beaded necklace and a dress with red trim. A flock of large birds flies in the sky above. Half-moon and serrated border encircles tooth at base. Some elements, particularly the cherry fruit, the buttons on the man's coat and trim on the building, are deeply stippled. Length 6.75"."

Condition

Faint age line at tip and some at base, but generally well preserved and in good condition.

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