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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/23
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 166 mm, monochrome, naively engraved all round with multiple motifs, probably done in the 1830s or 1840s. Ship-sloop and figures; reverse: Royal Arms.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

23A.: A British naval ship-sloop on the port tack under topgallants and a single headsail. Although crude, it shows doubled fore and main stays.

23B.: The Lion and the Unicorn supporting the Royal Arms of Great Britain. The shield in the centre is a crude representation of the Arms of the House of Hanover which were removed in 1837 on the accession of Queen Victoria.

23LE.: A bizarre Britannia wearing a liberty/Phrygian cap (cf #43) holding a trident, above a crown, above a foul anchor.

23TE.: Crossed Union flags above a sailor and his girl, above a woman in an evening gown. The womens' dresses are simple versions of the late 1820s style, perhaps worn later by the less well-off.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 166mm
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