POLYCHROME SCRIMSHAW WHALE'S TOOTH BY THE BANK NOTE ENGRAVER Second Quarter of the 19th Century
Obverse depicts a three-masted vessel flying a red, white and blue American flag entering a French port, with red, white and blue French flags flying from towers on each side of the port's mouth. A large building with tower and several smaller buildings and stonewalls along the port's shore. Reverse depicts a half-length portrait of a woman with her hands clasped in front of her in prayer. A decorative border surrounds the portrait and similar decorative borders surround the circumference of the tooth at tip and base, typical of the Bank Note Engraver's work. Length 5.25".