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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH "THE NIAGARA SUSPENSION BRIDGE"

Obverse depicts the Niagara Falls Suspension Bridge, the world's first working railway suspension bridge, which stood from 1855 to 1897, connecting Niagara Falls, Ontario to Niagara Falls, New York. Titled in script lettering below, framed within a foliate wreath. Image probably based on an N. Currier lithograph published in 1856. Reverse with a patriotic montage of a spread-wing eagle, an "E. Pluribus Unum" banner and a Liberty shield backed by arrows. Several elements, particularly the eagle and the stripes on the shield, with deep intaglio-style carving.
Length 5".
Condition: Base cut flat. Typical age lines at tip and running through reverse.

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