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SCRIMSHAW BALEEN BUSK Mid-19th Century
Obverse depicts from top to bottom two hearts; a ship flying a British flag and a long pennant inscribed "Wave"; an array of flags, drums, cannonballs and a banner inscribed "the Trophies of War"; a basket of flowers; a ship flying two British flags and a long pennant; a cornucopia; and two entwined hearts. Images separated by geometric and foliate borders. Reverse depicts a whale flanked by verses contained within cartouches. Left verse: "In Many a Gale has Been This Whale Wherein this Bone Did Rest, But Now its Caught For to Support A Lovely Fair Maids Breast". Right verse: "Health to the Sick Honour to the Brave Success to the true Lovers and Freedom to the Slave". Length 15.5".
Exhibited:
Fulton Ferry Museum, New York: March 1983.
Provenance:
Barbara Johnson Collection.
Paul Madden.



Figure 120 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection.

Obverse depicts from top to bottom two hearts; a ship flying a British flag and a long pennant inscribed "Wave"; an array of flags, drums, cannonballs and a banner inscribed "the Trophies of War"; a basket of flowers; a ship flying two British flags and a long pennant; a cornucopia; and two entwined hearts. Images separated by geometric and foliate borders. Reverse depicts a whale flanked by verses contained within cartouches. Left verse: "In Many a Gale has Been This Whale Wherein this Bone Did Rest, But Now its Caught For to Support A Lovely Fair Maids Breast". Right verse: "Health to the Sick Honour to the Brave Success to the true Lovers and Freedom to the Slave". Length 15.5".
Exhibited:
Fulton Ferry Museum, New York: March 1983.
Provenance:
Barbara Johnson Collection.
Paul Madden.



Figure 120 in Through the Eyes of a Collector by Nina Hellman (2015).
Provenance: The Thomas Mittler Scrimshaw Collection.
Condition: Good condition but slightly warped.


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