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Scrimshaw
Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw is bone or ivory or whale’s teeth carved by sailors and others for entertainment during the sailing-ship days. Some scrimshaw was carved as early as 1800. There are modern scrimshanders making pieces today on bone, ivory, or plastic. Other pieces may be found in the Ivory and Nautical categories. Collectors should be aware of the recent laws limiting the buying and selling of scrimshaw and elephant ivory.

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ImageCategoryPattern or ItemDescriptionYear PricedPrice
 ScrimshawWalrus Tusk 3 Figures, Eagle, Spread Wing, Late 1800s, 21 1/4 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale’s Tooth 4 Ships, Flying U.S. Flags, Late 19th Century, 6 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWalrus Tusk Animals, Human Figures, Structures, Hanging Hole, 20th Century, 14 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale’s Tooth Arctic Whaling Scene1860, 5 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawDitty Box Baleen, Carved, Building, Church, Palm Trees, Leaf Border 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale’s Tooth Battle, USS Constitution & Guerriere, Woman Holding Book, 6 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale's Tooth Bird, Mountains, c.1845, 7 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBusk Bone, Incised Design, Hearts, Sunbursts, Flower, Urn, Building, Lyre, 1800s, 14 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBusk Bone, Incised, Flowers, Stars, Hearts, Altar Platform & Harp 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawMeasuring Stick Bone, Inscribed AB, Alton Ellsworth Barker, c.1815, 35 5/8 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawSpoon Bone, Patriotic Shield, Lincoln Name, 1860, 4 3/4 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBow Saw Carpenter's, Whalebone, Serrated Blade, c.1870, 9 3/4 x 11 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWalrus Tusk Carved, Bobsled Scene, North Of 63, Reverse Stamped, W. Yanert, Alaska, 19 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawTusk Carved, Inuit, 6 In.2010Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawSwordfish Bill Circular Design, 26 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawFist Clenched, Whale Ivory, 3 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale’s Tooth Clipper Ship, The French Frigate Incorruptible, c.1815, 2 1/2 x 5 1/2 In.2017Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawDipper Coconut, Whalebone, Wood, Ebony, 19th Century, 17 In. 2008Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawHair Comb Corkscrew Type Design, 4 x 5 1/2 In.2009Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBox Cover, Sailing Ship, 3 Masts, Stars, Initials, Oval, Metal Loop Handle, 2 x 3 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhalebone Cradle, Hood, Canted Sides, Pinned, Nailed, c.1870, 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 In. 2012Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale's Tooth Crucifixion, Obverse, Robed Woman, Angels, Vines, 5 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawHorn Cup, Surrender Of USS Chesapeake,1813, Sailing Ship, Cannons, 1800s, 4 1/2 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBox Cylindrical, Turned, Treaded Closure, Flowers, Red, 1800s, 1 1/8 In.2015Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale?s Tooth Dancing Woman, Couple Verso, Multicolored, c.1850, 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 In. 2008Login / Create Account for Price


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