14468 A rare scrimshaw puzzle box carved of whale ivory, in form of a whale ship's hull. The stern is engraved with the initials J C T. There is nicely carved detail at the bowsprit. Excellent condition with much natural osteodentyne of the ivory. This little gem is a wonderful relic of the whaling days. 4 in. long. Together with a later whalebone stand.
Instructions for opening the box:
Turning the hull upside down and pivoting open the top part of the deck cover, then sliding the second section towards the stern, allows opening the box to reveal the hollowed out hull.