Very Thick Carved Scrimshaw Whale Tooth - Whaling Ship
Very interesting scrimshaw whale tooth. This example has a fascinating look to it. This must have been a very old whale as there are many, thick crystalline calcium deposits and even a gap between deposits. I have seen a lot of whale teeth but nothing quite like this. It measures a bit under 6 inches long but is a fat brute at over 3 inches wide, a circumference of over 8 inches and weighing over 20 ounces. It is also a very old tooth with minor hairlines on the tip caused by decades of slow moisture loss. In my area examples of this type of scrimshaw work pop up periodically so must have been carved by someone in the Philadelphia area. I have no way of being able to date the actual scrim work but it was certainly done by someone who knew their business. Very well rendered whaling ship with masts, flags and intricate rigging. The customer for this tooth should feel comfortable buying a quite large, old and extremely unique tooth with very nice scrim work of unknown age. This would really be a good addition to almost any relevant collection.