scrimshawed whalebone plaque of a sperm whale

Ref : 16948

A unique example of a cut-out profile of a sperm whale, formed from a sperm whale's panbone (the wide bone at the back of a sperm whale's jaw), and finely scrimshawed on one side, of rich patina overall - the scrimshaw decorations include two three-masted whaling ships approaching from each end of the cut-out, a whaling hunt in the foreground and a very unusual depiction of a narwhal carved centrally to the design - it rests on a black purpose-made display stand

Date circa: 1850

Country: English

~ overall length 31cm / 12.1in.


price: price on application

Ref : 16948


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