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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/50
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 121 mm, monochrome. King Charles II, inscribed "C R".
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Number of items: 1
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A heavily incised portrait head with the crowned initials "C" and "R", the official Latin for Charles (or Carolus) Rex, in this case Charles II of England (1660-1685). The style is that of chapbooks: cheap illustrated pamphlets hawked around the streets of Britain from the 17th to the 19th centuries. He wears, with a little artistic license, the crown made for his coronation in 1661, currently on display in the Tower of London, England.

  • Height: 121mm
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