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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH ATTRIBUTED TO A CERES ARTISAN

Depicts an officer wearing a tricorne, tailcoat, saber and tall boots standing with his arms crossed at the head of a military encampment. American flags are flying from two of the tents and a mountain range is visible in the distance. Scene framed within a decorative rectangular border topped with a proscenium arch containing a ship portrait. Sawtooth and scaollped border, matching the proscenium arch, encircles the base.
Length 5.5".
Condition: Base cut flat. Very small chip at base on reverse, which is undecorated save for the border.

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  • Provenance: Notes: The distinctive layout of a scene framed and topped with a proscenium arch is characteristic of pieces attributed to the Ceres Artisans, scrimshanders associated with the ship Ceres of Wilmington, Delaware. It is believed at least four Ceres crew members created scrimshaw with similar motifs in this unusual format, including William A. Gilpin and Edmund M. Chandler.

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