2658 One of the rarest artifacts of whaling is a whale stamp which was used to illustrate passages in a whaleman’s journal. This is an extraordinary example, as it is 3-sided, with images of a sperm whale to indicate a catch, a whale’s tail to indicate a whale that got away, and a ship which would be used when the vessel engaged in a “gam”. The fourth side has a set of initials and number 4, which undoubtedly designated the owner/user. It is carved of pine, and is 3 3/4 in. long x 1 1/2 in. x 1 in. There is an old piece of knotted rope through a hole at the end. Ca. 1830-60.