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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/25
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 185 mm, polychrome: red. Nodules of osteodentine are exposed on face A, near the base. Whaling ship with two dead whales; reverse: American eagle with Stars and Stripes.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Full description:

25A.: An American ship under shortened sail with two sperm whale carcasses alongside, one being cut-in and with two whale-catchers in pursuit of others nearby; one fast in a whale which is blowing blood as the bow man uses his lance on the other, the bow man is about to harpoon a Sperm whale. Surrounding the scene are whale-lines and a lance crossing a two-flued harpoon.

25B.: An American Eagle with its shield and the banner " E PLURIBUS UNUM". Above is part of the starry American Naval Ensign or Jack.

  • Height: 185mm
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