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    Sale 2129

    Maritime Decorative Arts

    15 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 112

    A scrimshaw whale's tooth depicting the female pirate "Fanny Campbell"**


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    A scrimshaw whale's tooth depicting the female pirate "Fanny Campbell"**
    American; 19th century
    [unsigned], delicately drawn and inked in polychrome colors, showing the female pirate in a plumed hat and a cinched waist outfit with two pistols in her belt, a cutlass in her right hand, and a pirate flag in her left. The recto is blank.
    5½ in. (14 cm.) length.

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    This image was copied from an engraving of Fanny Campbell published circa 1845.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Flayderman, E. Norman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders Whales and Whaleman, N. Flayderman & Co., Inc., Publishers, 1972. Illustrated on ppg. 78 and 79 for images of Fanny Campbell and a similar piece of scrimshaw.