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Mid-19th Century

LARGE SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH DETAILED WHALING SCENES

Two latitudinal scenes wrap around the circumference of the tooth. The upper scene depicts a stern-view portrait of a whaleship and whale processing, showing cutting in, with a whale drawn up alongside the ship and whalemen on the cutting stage, and trying out, with smoke billowing from the tryworks. Lower scene depicts a whale capture, with a whaleship, a large pod of whales, and several whaleboats, one of which is stoved and another with the harpooner at the bow poised to strike. Ships flying assorted flags and pennants, notably a house flag with a white field bisected by a thick horizontal band.
Length 8.25". Includes wood stand. Height on stand 11.25".
Condition: Typically uneven base. Scattered age lines, mostly at tip and not impacting engraving. Naturally occurring variations in patina and coloration.
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