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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH WITH PORTRAIT OF GEORGE WASHINGTON, ATTRIBUTED TO THE BANKNOTE ENGRAVER

Obverse depicts a bust portrait of Washington in uniform and a spread-wing eagle with a "Washington" banner in its beak, all framed within a foliate garland. Reverse depicts a child caught between two women, one of whom is seated beneath a tree and holding a dog. Image probably based on a contemporaneous print, possibly an allegory for unconditional love or referencing to the Judgement of Solomon. Fine geometric, foliate and drape and tassel borders encircle the tip and base, typical for the Banknote Engraver.
Length 7".
Condition: Typical uneven base and scattered age lines. Some areas of slight discoloration.

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