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Whale tooth

Decorative art

Object connections:

Collection Decorative art, Sailors' craftwork
Gallery locationNot on display

Object details:

Object ID AAA0032
Description A sperm whale tooth engraved with a seated figure representing Britannia. Below, a sailor is shown parting from his girl. On the other side, is a warship and a lighthouse flanked with a star and a sailor carrying a bundle on a stick over his shoulder. A whaling scene is placed above, beneath the Masonic symbols of clasped hands and a rayed eye. This type of seamen's craftwork is known as scrimshaw.
Date made after 1850

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials whale tooth
Measurements 39 x 150 x 64 mm
  • Whale tooth (AAA0032)
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