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Lot #55
Low Estimate$8,000.00
High Estimate$10,000.00
Last UpdatedOctober 2, 2019


Snake with carved and inset eyes, a wide carved grin and a looped tail. Shaft with contrasting banding, probably baleen, and an unusual rope-carved arch. Fluted wheel with openwork spiral. Three-tine fork. Marked NH60", indicating it was from the collection of Meylert Armstrong of Greenwich, Connecticut and New Hope, Pennsylvania. Length 5.75". Includes metal stand.
Illustrated in Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, Whales and Whalemen by E. Norman Flayderman (New Milford, Ct.: N. Flayderman & Co., Inc., 1972), p. 186. According to scrimshaw historian John Rinaldi, Flayderman purchased much of Meylert Armstrong's collection out his New Hope, Pennsylvania, home, marking the items "NH", standing for "New Hope", followed by a series of numbers. The Armstrong Collection formed the nucleus of Flayderman's collection, and a substantial number of items illustrated in Flayderman's book are from Armstrong's collection. Given that Flayderman did not systematically number his collection, it is important to note the only pieces that are conclusively identifiable as having come from the Flayderman Collection are the ones bearing this "NH" mark."


Age cracks emanating from rivets, as typical.

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