This is a truly wonderful antique scrimshaw busk engraved on the obverse with 5 separate panels separated by geometric and checkerboard borders. Top to bottom are a bust portrait of a Scotsman, an equestrian figure, a full figure portrait of a young girl, a scene of a hunter chasing a gazelle, and a bust figure of a fashionable lady. On the reverse is a spread-winged American eagle with an E Pluiribus Unum banner and a panoply of American flags above a cannon, cannon balls, 2 drums and 3 crossed weapons. The remains of 2 old paper labels are afixed on either side of the engraving, but are illegible. The checkerboard borders are repeated on this side. Heart-shaped top, rounded bottom, 12 3/4 in. long, 1 5/8 in. wide. Ĺ hairline cracks runs throught the center for about 7 inches, and a very small sliver of bone is missing at the top right.
Preliminary examination suggests an attributiion to the “Eagle Portraitist”.