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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
 ScrimshawBasketWhalebone, Pierced Trellis Sides, Wood Base, Oval, Swing Handle, 5 1/4 x 5 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBelt BuckleSailing Ship, White Metal, Initials, 2 1/4 x 1 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBodkinWhalebone, Baleen, Snake Shape, Bead Eyes, 3 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBodkinWhalebone, Carved Arm, Hand On Book, 5 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBoxSailor's, Whale Panbone, Engraved, Eagle, Patriotic Seal, Stars, c.1850, 10 1/4 x 7 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBuskBaleen, Woman's Figure, Checkerboard, Potted Flowers, Side-Wheeler, 1800s, 14 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBuskPanbone, 2-Masted Ship, Eagle, Shield, Rose Bush, 10 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBuskVertical Panels, Engraved, Plants, Heart, Checkerboard, c.1875, 11 x 2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBuskWhalebone, Potted Flowers, Heart, Star, Geometrics, c.1820, 12 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawBuskWhalebone, Potted Flowers, Tree, Flag, Clock Designs, Paint, c.1850, 13 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawCarpenter’s PlaneWhalebone, Ship's, Scroll Tip Edge, Steel Blade, 8 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawCarpenter’s SquareWhalebone, Ship's, Stamped CCV, 15 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawCribbage BoardIvory, Carved, Polar Bear Mask End, 3 Pegged Legs, c.1860, 19 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawDitty BoxLid, Engraved, Building, Flowers, Wood Base, Oval, 3 x 5 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawFidWhalebone, Ebony, Clenched Fist End, 5 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawPie CrimperWhalebone, Carved, Single, Turned Wood Handle, c.1850, 6 1/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawPie CrimperWhalebone, Double Wheels, 3-Tined Fork, 7 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawRolling PinWhalebone, Mahogany, Stand, 18 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawScrimshander SawWhalebone, Carved Head, Steel Blade, 6 x 5 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawStaveCorset, Whalebone, Rebel Soldier, Cannon, Flag, Tree, 1800s, 7 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawToothLady Liberty, U.S. Seal, Liberty Banner, Laurel Wreath, 1800s, 5 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawTuskDepicting Ship Mercury, Eagle, 20th Century, 10 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawTuskShip, Sea Captain & Wife, 20th Century, 28 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWalrus TuskBlack, Red Liberty, Shield, Eagle, Ship, Engraved Allegorical Figures, 17 1/2 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price
 ScrimshawWhale’s ToothBattle, USS Constitution & Guerriere, Verso, Open Bible, Flowers, 1800s, 6 3/4 In.2014Login / Create Account for Price


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