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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/68
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 94 mm, polychrome: faint red. Woman in South American clothing.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

A boldly engraved, pricked-in image of a woman thought to be in Spanish or South American clothes. The dress has many curious features: patch pockets on the skirt, the bodice with very prominent epaulettes and long black lace cuffs on the gloves. The hair is smooth over the ears and is highly decorated with braiding and stiff ribbons. The lobed, fern-like decoration on the skirt is very strange. It is difficult to date this piece, as the dates when some of its features could have been in fashion are conflicting. However, it may be a literary illustration, someone's idea of a clothes with Spanish influences.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 94mm
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