Circa 1829


Incorporates standard elements of Myrick "Susan's Teeth". Inscribed on edges "The ship Susan of Nantucket March the 24th 1829" and "Death to the living long life to the killers Success to sailors wives & greasy luck to whalers". Obverse depicts "The Susan on the coast of Japan", titled in banner above a whaling scene of the whaleship and three whaleboats in pursuit of whales off her bow. To the right above the ship is a foliate arch surrounding a spread-wing eagle grasping an "E. Pluribus Unum" banner in its beak and arrows and laurel leaves in its talons, and with an American shield at its breast. Reverse depicts "The Susan on her homeward bound passage", titled in banner above a scene of the whaleship in calm seas. Band of Xs encircles the tip, above which is engraved crossed American flags on the obverse and an anchor on the reverse. Foliate vine encircles the base.

Included in the Kendall Whaling Museum Monograph Series No. 13 Frederick Myrick of Nantucket Scrimshaw Catalogue Raisonné, compiled by Donald E. Ridley, P.E. (Sharon, Massachusetts: Kendall Whaling Museum, 2000), p. 22, number 29-03-24, and accompanied by a copy of a July 20, 1998 Scrimshaw Certificate of Authenticity issued by the Kendall Whaling Museum, reference no. 98-01, signed by Stuart M. Frank, Ph.D., Director, certifying the piece as a genuine sperm whale tooth and that the work is that of Frederick Myrick. Also includes assorted clippings about "Susan's Teeth".
Length 5.5". Includes stand.
Condition: Typical age lines at tip. Age cracks at base, the longest extending approx. 3.5" into reverse.

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  • Provenance:
    The Collection of Ian R. MacKenzie.

    Sotheby's, February 1-2, 1985, Lot #523A.

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