POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH BY THE BANKNOTE ENGRAVER First Half of the 19th Century
Obverse depicts a naval battle between an American-flagged ship and a dismasted red-flagged ship. Believed to depict the 1812 battle between the U.S.S. Constitution and the H.M.S. Guerriere. American flags colored red and blue. Both ships flying long red pennants. Masts, gunports and some rigging elements very deeply incised. Reverse with an oval bust portrait of a woman framed by a finely detailed feathery border, a hallmark of the Banknote Engraver's work. Similarly detailed foliate, pique and geometric borders wrap around the circumference of the base and the tip. Length 6".