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Museum catalogue: Scrimshaw Collection

 

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There are 78 items in this collection.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/1

Tooth 216 mm, monochrome, mounted, with exceptionally fine and detailed engravings on both sides. Bombardment of Algiers; reverse: three ships in convoy.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/10

Tooth 143 mm, polychrome: red & blue. Naval ship under sail.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/11

Tooth 155 mm, monochrome. Naval brig under sail.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/12

Tooth 120 mm, monochrome. Valentine; reverse: naval brig under sail.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/13

Tooth 135 mm, polychrome: red and blue. Strongly curved tooth, with naive images of small sailing vessels with unusually shaped hulls, bows and dark sails. (Pair to 62/15/14).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/14

Tooth 132 mm, polychrome: red and blue. Strongly curved tooth, with naive images of small sailing vessels with unusually shaped hulls, bows and dark sails. (Pair to 62/15/13).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/15

Tooth 142 mm, monochrome, with exceptionally fine engravings of early 19th century American ships with lofty rigs and detailed rigging. American full-rigged ship entering port; reverse: American ship at anchor.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/16

Tooth 191 mm, monochrome, with British Naval ships faintly inscribed "The Lion" and reverse: "The Saucy Arathusa" (sic) and probably scrimshawed in the late 1840's or the 1850's.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/17

Tooth 142 mm, polychrome. Early Naval paddle brig; reverse: Lighthouse.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/18

Tooth 122 mm, monochrome; each side with a British ship. The base is squared off and relief carved with three concentric rings.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/19

Tooth 137 mm. monochrome and engraved all round. British sloop; reverse: Two small sailing ships. 1

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/2

Tooth 148mm, polychrome: red and blue. Finely engraved on both sides with nautical scenes. Two frigates in action; reverse: Sailing ships in English channel.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/20

Tooth 123 mm, monochrome, decorated on each side with images which have groups of spiky leaves above and/or below. Ship off South Foreland; reverse: native horseman. (Pair to 62/15/21)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/21

Tooth 118 mm, monochrome, decorated on each side with images which have groups of spiky leaves above and/or below. Merchant ship under sail; reverse: Rural cottage. (Pair to 62/15/20)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/22

Tooth 160 mm, monochrome, with detailed but naive images. The pulp cavity is almost occluded. Three-decker; reverse: Patriotic set-piece glorifying King William.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/23

Tooth 166 mm, monochrome, naively engraved all round with multiple motifs, probably done in the 1830s or 1840s. Ship-sloop and figures; reverse: Royal Arms.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/24

Tooth 170 mm, polychrome: red, cleanly engraved. British whaleship; reverse: Brigantine, smaller sailing ship and lighthouse.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/25

Tooth 185 mm, polychrome: red. Nodules of osteodentine are exposed on face A, near the base. Whaling ship with two dead whales; reverse: American eagle with Stars and Stripes.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/26

Jaw bone 388 mm, polychrome. A staybusk (corset stay) engraved with geometrical and floral borders surrounding four panels, the largest with a whaling scene.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/27

Tooth 150 mm. Carved with head of a horse in full relief, at top.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/28

Tooth 115 mm. Carved with hulk and man holding an anchor.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/29

Tooth 175 mm, monochrome. Bust of a man in early nineteenth century dress.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/3

Tooth 131mm, monochrome, with a ship portrait on each face. The iconography, deep engraving, detailed rigging and bold confident style resemble the work of the early American scrimshaw artist Edward Burdett (1805-1833). Algerine; reverse: General Marion of New York.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/30

Tooth 147 mm, monochrome. Sir Henry Trollope, 1756-1839; reverse: Woman.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/31

Tooth 225 mm, polychrome: blue, green and reddish brown. Young sea officer on deck.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/32

Tooth 120 mm, monochrome. Soldier in tail coat (Pair to 62/15/60)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/33

Tooth 157 mm, mounted, polychrome: blue, red and yellowish brown. Military officer on horse (cf #34).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/34

Tooth 151 mm, mounted, monochrome. Napoleon crossing the Alps (cf #33).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/35

Tooth 130 mm, monochrome, engraved all round with naive tropical scenes. Tiger shooting from an elephant, inscribed "Welcome"; reverse: Bungalow, "Home".

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/36

Tooth 130 mm, monochrome. Cockerell. (Pair to 62/15/63)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/37

Tooth 92 mm, polychrome: brownish red and blue-green. Spray of foliage.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/38

Tooth 115 mm, monochrome: one of a pair possibly commemorating retrospectively the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Palm tree (Pair to 62/15/39).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/39

Tooth 114 mm, monochrome: one of a pair possibly commemorating retrospectively the Battle of the Nile in 1798. Nelson being crowned with laurels (Pair to 62/15/38).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/4

Tooth 158 mm, polychrome: red, blue, blue-green and yellow-orange, with attractive, finely cut engravings of dramatic, early 19th century naval engagements. Smoke, fire and shot-holes in the sails are prominent. A fleet in action; reverse: British two-decker and opponent

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/40

Tooth 220mm, monochrome, the root cavity almost occluded. Royal Arms.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/41

Tooth 167 mm, monochrome. Some features of the motifs are outlined in closely spaced deep dots which have become part of the decoration. "Little Archer" , child in Scots bonnet; reverse: Palace and words "Virgina Water" [sic].

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/42

Tooth 145 mm, monochrome, engraved all round. St George; reverse: Britannia.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/43

Tooth 165 mm, One of a pair: monochrome with Spanish inscriptions which are extremely rare on old scrimshaw. Liberty, female figure. (Pair to 62/15/44).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/44

Tooth 165 mm, One of a pair: monochrome with Spanish inscriptions which are extremely rare on old scrimshaw. Male figure, Orion with belt. (Pair to 62/15/43)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/45

Tooth 134 mm, monochrome. Lynx and Eagle with Stars and Stripes in beak.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/46

Tooth 130 mm, monochrome, engraved all round. One of a pair with superb naive motifs and a Greek key (fret) border, probably dating from the 1830s or 1840s. Britannia, British frigate and early paddle steamer; reverse: Neptune. (Pair with 62/15/5).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/47

Tooth 133 mm, polychrome: faded red, the motifs with American associations but rather strange forms. Woman with dove and Stars and Stripes; reverse: American ship.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/48

Tooth 144 mm, monochrome, cleanly and expertly decorated. Man on horseback entitled "THE ORPHAN"; reverse: Woman.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/49

Tooth 134mm, monochrome. The tooth has a dark patina, perhaps from exposure to smoke. Seabird, probably skua.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/5

Tooth 160 mm, monochrome. One of a pair with deep, confident engravings of British naval ships with detailed rigging. The bases of both teeth are bordered by a Greek fret. British two-decker warship; reverse: British wooden paddle warship. (Pair to 62/15/46)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/50

Tooth 121 mm, monochrome. King Charles II, inscribed "C R".

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/51

Tooth 114 mm, polychrome: yellow. Eagle holding snake-like ribbon. (Pair to 62/15/52)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/52

Tooth 190 mm, polychrome: yellow. Eagle on rock. (Pair to 62/15/51)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/53

Tooth, 152 mm, one of a pair, polychrome: red and greenish-blue. Each shows a pretty woman and distinctive flowers, foliage and a bird in a small tree or shrub. Other examples of this artist's work are known. Bird and nest in tree; reverse: Woman in ankle-length dress, ca.1830. (Pair to 62/15/56).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/54

Tooth 218 mm, polychrome: red and blue-green. Woman in elaborate dress in front of fireplace.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/55

Tooth 149mm, monochrome, each face with a pricked-round picture of a woman in outdoor dress ca. 1850-60, the period of the crinoline. Woman caught in a storm; reverse: Woman in long cloak.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/56

Tooth, 154 mm, one of a pair, polychrome: red and greenish-blue. Each shows a pretty woman and distinctive flowers, foliage and a bird in a small tree or shrub. Other examples of this artist's work are known. Woman in flowery bower; reverse: Bird in tree. (Pair to 62/15/53).

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/57

Tooth 134 mm, monochrome. Woman at a square piano.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/58

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.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/59

Tooth 176 mm, monochrome. Woman wearing a veil.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/6

Tooth 166 mm, polychrome; faded red. 19th century British warship entering harbour.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/60

Tooth 140 mm, monochrome. Woman with harp. (Pair to 62/15/32)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/61

Tooth 970 mm, monochrome. Child with whip.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/62

Tooth 14 1 mm, polychrome: faint brownish-red and greenish-blue, with rather naive images of women engraved with fine stipple and lines. Inscribed "Lima lady"; reverse: Woman with elaborate hat.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/63

Tooth 130 mm, polychrome: red and brown. Child with blocks spelling "God". (Pair to 62/15/36)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/64

Tooth 135 mm, polychrome: red and brown. Man presenting a rose to a woman.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/65

Tooth 125 mm, monochrome, both faces with images outlined in dots. Man playing violin and another playing flute; reverse: Woman with scroll.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/66

Tooth 130 mm, monochrome. Woman in Elizabethan style dress.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/67

Tooth 111 mm, monochrome. Outline in stipple only. Woman in fitted dress; reverse: Man in profile.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/68

Tooth 94 mm, polychrome: faint red. Woman in South American clothing.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/69

Tooth 125 mm, polychrome: red. Expertly engraved with two of the most extraordinary figures to be found on scrimshaw. Above each is a sun-face with angled rays and between them is a variety of flowing, branching shapes. Woman at a keyboard; reverse: American Indian with arrow. Any interpretations of, or suggestions about these images would be welcome.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/7

Tooth 147 mm, monochrome, with naive images inscribed "WOLVERINE". HMS Wolverine's cutter on patrol to intercept slave dhows, with gun in bow. (Pair to Y: 62/15/8)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/70

Tooth 166 mm, monochrome. Man and woman embracing.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/71

Tooth 161 mm, polychrome: red, greenish blue and brown. Only the the faces are outlined, but the deep cuts and pigmentation may have obscured the rest. Other examples of this artist's work are Y: 62/15/ 53 & 56, and a pair were found at the Kendall Whaling Institute, New Bedford, Mass. Man and woman on couch; reverse: Lady carrying deer.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/72

Tooth 185 mm, monochrome, with superb portraits of aristocratic women, outlined in dots. The printed source of each has been identified and their dimensions are identical to the scrimshaw images. Elizabeth Roma Macleod with shawl and book; reverse: Lady Sarah Villiers (who become Princess Nicholas Esterhazy) in evening dress with fan.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/73

Tooth 166 mm, mounted, polychrome: red and greenish blue. Woman in chair, head in hand.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/74

Tooth 164 mm, polychrome: red, brown, green and yellow-orange. Woman in elaborate outdoor dress and bonnet.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/75

Tooth 137 mm, monochrome. Woman with fan.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/76

Tooth 143 mm, un-engraved.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/77

Tooth 192 mm, un-engraved.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/78

Tooth 160 mm, un-engraved.

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/8

Tooth 147 mm, monochrome, with naive images inscribed "SLAVE.DHOW". Slave dhow; reverse: Initials "W.H." (Pair to 62/15/7)

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Scrimshaw

Record: Y: 62/15/9

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.