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Whale tooth

AAA0014
Decorative art

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Collection Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Littler, William Thomas
VesselsCorinth 1870 (clipper)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0014
Description A sperm whale's tooth lightly engraved on one side with a full-rigged ship under sail. 'A SPERM WHALE'S TOOTH' is inscribed above the picture. It formerly belonged to the donor's uncle Captain William Thomas Littler (1847-1922) of the clipper 'Corinth' 1870. This is typical of the handicrafts produced by seamen of whaling ships, and it is known as scrimshaw.
Date made 1870-90

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials whale tooth
Measurements 39 x 140 x 51 mm
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  • Whale tooth (AAA0014)
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