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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/4
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 158 mm, polychrome: red, blue, blue-green and yellow-orange, with attractive, finely cut engravings of dramatic, early 19th century naval engagements. Smoke, fire and shot-holes in the sails are prominent. A fleet in action; reverse: British two-decker and opponent
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
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4A.: A battle between a large number of frigates (large ships with single gun decks) which was most likely during the Napoleonic wars, and is possibly the battle of Lissa, later named Lis in Jugoslavia. There was no such battle in the war with America in 1812-14.

4B: An engagement between two war ships each with two gun decks. The nearer has a rudimentary red ensign, but with few other diagnostic features, this is one of many "generic" battle scenes found on scrimshaw.

  • Height: 158mm
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