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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH COMMEMORATING THE U.S.S. "CONSTITUTION"

Obverse depicts a naval battle, most likely the U.S.S. Constitution and the dismasted H.M.S. Guerriere, the ships surrounded by billowing smoke and flying their nation's flags and ensigns. Deep, intaglio-style carving of the ships' hulls. "Constitution" in faint rudimentary lettering below scene. Reverse with a nude goddess, an eagle grasping a banner in its beak, a shield, a horn, American flags, a bundle of olive branches and arrows, and a portrait medallion of a ship, probably the Constitution.
Length 6.75".
Condition: Tip with old and minor chip, barely noticeable. Age lines at tip. Base cut mostly flat, with some minor chips and gouges. **Not available for international shipping.**

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  • Provenance: Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts.

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