This is a very nice, delicately engraved antique scrimshaw whalebone busk or corset stay. There are lyre shaped floral and vine wreaths at each rounded end and an oval floral wreath in the center with a ship on each side of it, one in a calm sea and the other in a storm. There is open space in the central wreath to accommodate an inscription. Perhaps the maker had not decided to whom the busk would be presented. The reverse side is blank. 14 1/2 inches long.