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Mid-19th Century

SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING A CAPSIZED VESSEL

Interesting and detailed composition, showing several figures in the rigging, broken masts and water overflowing the hull. In the distance is a another ship that also appears to be in distress, yet there's no depiction of rough seas or an ongoing battle. A curious animal-like image above the ship in the foreground could be a lion and a symbolic reference to British ships attacking U.S. merchant vessels.
Length approx. 6.5".
Condition: Typical scattered thin age lines. Base cut flat with some slight unevenness.
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  • Provenance:
    A Scrimshaw Collection Originating on Nantucket Island.

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East Dennis, MA, US

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