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A Fine Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Stay Busk (1700 to 1900 American)

Offered by Finch & Co

Contact Information
Dealer

Finch & Co

Contact

Craig A Finch
Jan E Finch

Address

Suite No 744,
2 Old Brompton Road,
London, SW7 3DQ,
England

Opening hours

By appointment only

Phone/Fax
Landline:
+44 (0)20-7413 9937
Mobile:
+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921
Fax:
+44 (0)20-7581 4445
Fairs

Olympia, Masterpiece London, Biennale Paris

Email

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Website

www.finch-and-co.co.uk

Established

1983

Elected for membership

1998

Medium

whalebone

Literature

Made of wood, baleen or whale bone the stay busk was inserted into a vertical pocket in the front of a woman’s corset to keep the garment from bunching when tightly laced. Made by sailors whilst at sea on board the whaling ships as love tokens for their sweethearts, stay busks were popular scrimshaw items because they provided a surface that could easily be engraved. A flat even slab of pan-bone was decorated with nostalgic and sentimental love motifs as the busk was worn next to the lady’s heart.

Description / Expertise

A Fine Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Stay Busk inscribed in black ink:
‘Once in a sperm whales jaw did rest but now intended for a females breast’
Etched with an anchor, two entwined hearts, a flower in a pot, birds, a house and a compass
Old smooth golden patina
Early 19th Century

Size: 4cm high, 38.5cm wide – 15 ins wide, 1½ ins high

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