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Lot #124
Sold For$2,300.00(hammer price)
 $2,760.00(price including buyer's premium)
Last UpdatedJanuary 14, 2020


Constructed of two scrimshaw whale's teeth flanking an engraved whalebone panel, all mounted on a mahogany base with fluted whale ivory feet. Both teeth engraved with portraits of brigs, one flying a British flag and the other a striped flag, probably French. Panel with foliate design around aperture and a shell finial. Teeth and panel supported at the front by a stepped whale ivory plinth inlaid with shell, and at the back by a whale ivory arch engraved with a flower blossom. (The arch is only visible when the watch is removed.) Includes an open-face pocket watch with engraved monogram, and a photograph and French inscription on interior case. Tower height 5.5. Width 7.75".
From a Private Collection, New York
This item is not available for international delivery without CITES and other necessary permits. Obtaining these permits is the obligation of the buyer. Please be aware of current international and domestic regulations and bid accordingly."


Watch not thoroughly examined for marks, functionality, etc. One hand is missing. Whale teeth with typical age lines at tip and base. Rear support panel is attached to teeth with nails, but it is broken off on one side.

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