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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/26
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Jaw bone 388 mm, polychrome. A staybusk (corset stay) engraved with geometrical and floral borders surrounding four panels, the largest with a whaling scene.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

Sawn jaw-bone of a whale showing whaling brig under shortened sail following four of her boats with bow-paintings chasing sperm whales. A dead whale floats with a waft to mark it. A whale blowing blood as a boat approaches with the mate in the bows ready to use the lance (note steersman steering with long oars). A boat nearby upset by a whale that has been harpooned, diving beneath it. Fourth boat approaching a whale to harpoon it. Decorations: Heart pierced by arrow below foul anchor which, being the crest of the Admiralty, shows that the engraver was a naval seaman; Bowl of fruit.

Dimensions:
  • Length: 388mm
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