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    Sale 1963

    Maritime Art Including Fine Paintings, Nautical Antiques, Scrimshaw And Ship Models

    30 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 105

    A 19th century scrimshaw decorated walrus' tusk**


    Price Realised  

    A 19th century scrimshaw decorated walrus' tusk**
    Edward Barnes; circa 1863
    engraved along the two sides and inscribed on one edge; the first side with traditional images of anchors, flowers, a whale ship in the artic, walrus on either side of the signature in an oval, a whale swimming and spouting; on the other side images of a woman, one in full length fancy dress, flowers, a cat [indistinctly named], fish a [blue] whale and other decorative motifs. Inscribed along the edge: "carved on the tusk of a walrus killed in the Artic region Sept 1863".
    29 in. (73.7 cm.) length.

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