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Mid-19th Century

PAIR OF SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH WITH PATRIOTIC MOTIFS AND WHALING SCENES

Obverses depict arches of stars over spread-wing eagles grasping olive branches and arrows in their talons. One eagle clutches an "E. Pluribus. Unum." banner in its beak and hovers over a crossed American ensign and flag. Other eagle hovers over a Liberty shield, an olive branch, arrows and an "E. Pluribus. Unum." banner. Reverses depict whaling scenes, one showing a whaleship with whaleboats in the water in pursuit of a whale, and the other a whaleship cutting in. Both ships flying large American flags off the stern.
Lengths 6.5". Affixed to wooden bases. Heights on bases 7.5".
Condition: Affixed to bases, as noted. Both with old chips at tip and uneven patina. One with approx. 1" x 1" triangular chip missing from base, filled with wood.
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