There are four engraved panels on this antique whalebone scrimshaw busk. Top to bottom there are the words “Sailor Boy I Am” above a full figure portrait of a young boy holding a fouled anchor, a house with a woman standing alongside it, “John Coggeshall” inscribed above a 3-masted ship, and a potted flower. The letters BB are at the bottom. The reverse is blank with the exception of the letters BB appearing again, at the top. We feel that this wonderful busk can be attributed to Thomas or Caleb Albro, known makers of a number of teeth, as it matches, stylistically, their work, and has evidence of good age. Rounded at top and bottom. 13 7/8 in. long, 1 1/2 in. wide, ca. 1830's.