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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/46
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 130 mm, monochrome, engraved all round. One of a pair with superb naive motifs and a Greek key (fret) border, probably dating from the 1830s or 1840s. Britannia, British frigate and early paddle steamer; reverse: Neptune. (Pair with 62/15/5).
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

46A.: Neptune, crowned and hirsute, holding his trident and a map of Central America (an unusual feature), rides in his chariot drawn by sea horses, accompanied by a mermaid and a merman or Triton, sounding his horn.

46B.: Britannia, large-bosomed and stern with plumed helmet and trident looks out to sea, perched on a British shield behind which is the ensign. At her feet is the British Lion fierce and cross, largely submerged and clinging to the land with his fore paws.

46LE.: The port quarter view of a three masted ship of war or East Indiaman with a single gun deck. Port studding sails set on the main and fore masts.

46TE.: A starboard bow view of a brig-rigged paddle vessel with quarter galleries and a long funnel and beak, probably built a little earlier than those in Figs 5B & 17B.

  • Height: 130mm
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