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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/3
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 131mm, monochrome, with a ship portrait on each face. The iconography, deep engraving, detailed rigging and bold confident style resemble the work of the early American scrimshaw artist Edward Burdett (1805-1833). Algerine; reverse: General Marion of New York.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

3A.: An early 19th century English gaff-rigged cutter inscribed "Algerine", the hull pierced for 14 guns. The yard (with footropes) for a large square course is lowered forward of the mast.

3B.: An early 19th century American two-topsail (fore-and-main topsail) schooner inscribed "General Marion of New York". With large sails and raking masts she was a fast vessel of a type known as a Baltimore clipper. When heavily armed, the rig was popular with privateers and slavers.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 131mm
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