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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH WHALING SCENE

Depicts a whaleship, three whaleboats under sail and three surfaced whales. An agent's flag with a white square on a shaded field flies from the mainmast. Some elements with deep intaglio-style carving. Faint script inscription on reverse, mostly illegible, but does appear to include "William Watts", a name that appears on four whaling voyage crew lists.
Length 6".
Condition: Typically uneven base with some age cracks extending into scene, the longest approx. 1.75" but it is relatively thin and not terribly obtrusive. Natural uneven patina, mostly on reverse. Normal age lines at tip. Naturally occurring gouge on edge. Light surface scratching.

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