14095 Unusual Antique Scrimshaw Tooth with Four Scenes
A wonderful antique scrimshaw tooth fully engraved with 4 separate narrative scenes. On the obverse is a whaling scene showing 6 men in a whaleboat, "going on the whale" , the whale with flukes up and birds flying above, and the mother ship to the right. Three images are engraved on the reverse. To the left is a port scene with a top-hatted gentleman (?ship owner) shaking hands with a peg leg sailor with buildings, ship masts and another sailor with a backpack in the background. The central scene is an elaborate rendering of a semi-nude figure with outstretched arm pointing to a robed man with a halo, and on either side recumbent figures attired in conquistador-like costumes. On the extreme right is a mourning lady seated on a bench beneath an arbor. This is a most unusual tooth, with great patina. mid 19th C. 8 in. long.