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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/65
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 125 mm, monochrome, both faces with images outlined in dots. Man playing violin and another playing flute; reverse: Woman with scroll.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

65A.: Musicians, a rare subject for scrimshaw, which shows one man playing a strangely shaped violin or fiddle and the other a flute: both "generic" instruments. Their clothes were probably most fashionable from ca 1835-45 and without hats they must be performing indoors.

65B.: A naive full-length picture of a woman holding a scroll. Her dress could be a simple version of that of ca. 1835-45 and her pose could be theatrical: possibly she is giving a performance of some sort. The dark line across her cheek is where the blade has slipped.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 125mm
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