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Mid-19th Century

POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH SHIP PORTRAITS AND TOASTS, POSSIBLY BY THE NAVAL MONUMENT ENGRAVER

Three ship portraits wrap around the circumference, all three ships flying long red streamers and one flying an American flag. Below the portraits, in serifed lettering, are the toasts "May the Single Be Married and Married Happy." and "May the Smiles of Conjugal Felicity Compensate the Frowns of Foetune [sic].", both toasts contained in the 1791 volume The Toast Master Being a Genteel Collection of Sentiments & Toasts .... Although the ship portraits don't appear to be exact copies of plates from Abel Bowen's Naval Monument, they, as well as the lettering, are executed in a very similar style to known Naval Monument Engraver examples. On footed wooden stand.
Height on stand 7".
Condition: Tiny chip at tip, nearly imperceptible. Age lines/cracks at base. **Not available for international shipping.**

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