Wonderful Scrimshaw Tooth Attributed to the “King of the Sea” Engraver
14498 This antique scrimshaw whale’s tooth is engraved on the obverse with a barefoot helmeted figure of Liberty holding a flag shield in her left hand next to her skirt. In her upraised right hand there is an urn from which an eagle appears to be feeding. A banner reading “LIBERTY AND FREEDOM” wraps around the tooth near the tip. A tall monument draped in American flags is behind her left side. To her right, and wrapping around to the reverse there is a portrait of a full-rigged American ship of the line. Between the ship and shield are a fouled anchor and a pile of cannon balls. 5 1/4 in. with great patina.
This tooth is attributed to a maker of numerous teeth in public and private collections, with similar images, several showing the “King of the Sea”. For an example of one, see Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, page 6.