Elaborately Engraved Pair of Antique Scrimshaw Walrus Tusks
14539,5 Wonderful pair of walrus tusks fully engraved on all 4 sides with floral decorations at the tips of each.
On the obverse of the first tusk there is a sailor standing next to an American flag. Beneath are a young girl and boy, a girl with a diog, and a woman reaching up to Napoleon who is astride a horse and leaning towards her. The reverse of this tusk shows a cavalier type figure with a dog and five Indians surrounding a woman.
The obverse of the second tusk displays 2 birds feeding chicks in a nest, a boy and girl, a woman with a boy and girl at her sides, and Napoleon the 3d astride a horse. On the reverse there is a caped figure similar to the gentleman on the first tusk, an Indian with a dog, and 3 maidens surrounding a cupid with a lyre.
The tusks are in very fine condition with the exception of a broken out arched section about 2 in. x 1 1/2 in. beneath the figure of Napoleon the 3rd. 16 1/2 in. long with very good patina.
Several similar pairs of tusks by the same hand are known in other collections.