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Scrimshaw Whalebone Stay Busk (c. 1840 to c. 1870 England)

Offered by Baggott Church Street Ltd

Contact Information
Dealer

Baggott Church Street Ltd

Contact

D J Baggott
C M Baggott

Address

Church Street,
Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, GL54 1BB,
England

Opening hours

Open Monday-Saturday 9.30-5.30

Phone/Fax
Landline:
+44 (0)1451 830370
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Website

www.baggottantiques.com

Established

1977

Elected for membership

1987

Literature

Scrimshaw is the art of carving or otherwise fashioning useful or decorative articles as practised primarily by whale-men, sailors, or others associated with nautical pursuits. The basic materials of the artifacts are from the whale. Other materials may be taken from various forms of sea life, shells, or diverse materials gathered in areas visited by ships, as well as woods, metals etc. normally carried or used aboard ships. The artifacts must have a nautical association in respect of one or more of the following: maker, motif, method or materials.

Description / Expertise

A sailor's love token. The red stain scrimshaw decoration depicts a whaling scene with sailing ship and harpoonists in their long boat being overturned by an enraged whale. This may well be recording a major tragedy in December 1847, in which a third mate and four men from the Acushnet were killed and later became the inspiration for Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. See Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders by N.Flaydesman P.24.
Mid 19th century.
L. 9" (23cm)
Stock No. 8219G

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