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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection




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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/58
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 173 mm, polychrome: red & blue-green. Each face has a pricked-in image of woman in the clothes of ca. 1840-50 both with red and white cable decoration. Woman in bonnet and cape; reverse: Woman in evening dress.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

58A.: In outdoor clothes: over the wide-skirted, full length blue-green dress is a "pelerine mantlet", a shawl-like cape with broad panels hanging down in front. Fasionably, she holds a large hankerchief. The demure bonnet with a flat crown which enclosed the face was almost universal through the decade.

58B.: This elaborate evening dress has a tight red bodice with a long pointed waist, so she may have used a stay-busk (Cf Y: 62/15/25) as in Y: 62/15/54. There is a wide "bertha" collar with its horizontal neck and shoulder line. She wears gloves and a pair of bracelets as was fshionable. The pricked guide lines are particularly obvious along her left arm. Another version of this dress is on a tooth in the South Street Seaport Museum, New York.

  • Height: 173mm
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