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Mid-19th Century

PAIR OF MANUEL ENOS POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TEETH

Both with portraits of women in colorful and elaborately patterned dresses and fancy floral headpieces. One of the women is seated in a parlor chair and is showing an album to a child standing beside her. The other woman, also wearing a richly inked rose-patterned sash, is standing on a blue checkered floor and holding a letter or slender book.
Lengths 5.5".
Condition: Bases cut flat, with some typical chipping and age lines. Evidence of restoration to one chip on left tooth. Reverses undecorated.

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  • Provenance: A Third Dictionary of Scrimshaw Artists by Stuart M. Frank (Mystic, Ct.: Stuart M. Frank and Mystic Seaport Museum, 2013), p. 89-92.

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