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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

Scrimshaw

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Accession no.: Y: 62/15/9
Object name: Scrimshaw
Title: Scrimshaw
Description: Tooth 155 mm, polychrome: faint red, blue and brown, cleanly and expertly decorated on each face with ships at sea. Naval engagement; reverse: whale ship under sail.
Classified name:
[Unknown system] 730.235 & 639.245.1
Number of items: 1
Full description:

9A.: Naval engagement, as yet unidentified, between four ships with single gun decks on a faint blue sea. They are off a coast with a lighthouse on pale cliffs. Red streaks indicate explosions and gunfire.

9B.: An early 19th century whale ship proceeding under topgallants, with the main course unbent out of the way of smoke from the tryworks. The faint lines of three whaleboats are visible along the bulwarks, although much of the pigment has been lost. In the absence of any distinguishing flags, it is difficult nowadays to tell the nationality of the vessel.

Dimensions:
  • Height: 155mm
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