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First Half of the 19th Century

PAIR OF POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH WITH PATRIOTIC MOTIFS

Obverse of one tooth depicts a patriotic montage of a spread-wing eagle with arrows in its talons, a Liberty shield, a capstan, a cannon on carriage, cannonballs and draped American flags, and a scene of an American-flagged three-masted vessel below. Reverse depicts a heart within a garland above Columbia holding a flagpole topped with a phrygian cap, resting her arm on a fouled anchor and with a cornucopia at her feet. Obverse of other tooth depicts a floral sprig above a scene of a woman standing in a garden, holding a small spray of flowers and gazing at a parrot perched on a hoop suspended from a slender tree. Reverse depicts a red star within a garland above a scene of a woman in a flower garden, holding a kerchief at her side. Both women in fine period dresses. Both teeth with foliate vines on edges. Rich patina.
Lengths approx. 5.75". With wooden stands.
Condition: Bases cut flat. Both with age lines. Both with age separation on edge, extending from base approx. 3.5". One with fracture and small loss at tip.
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  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's, where it was attributed to Captain Silas Jones of the whaler "Commodore Morris".
    Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
    The Collection of Chuck and Jan Deluca.

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