The Collections

Illustrated Teeth and Bone

Created: 08.02.13

Visual research for a narrative of etchings.


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    1870-90
    W1980-79.2
    Whale tooth

    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'…

  • Unknown
    after 1810
    W1981-86.2
    Whale tooth

    A sperm whale tooth lightly engraved on both sides (probably a pair with AAA0022). On one side is a farmyard scene. A half-timbered farmhouse with leaded windows stands in front of an enclosure surrounded by a paling fence. Four trees…

  • Unknown
    circa 1810
    W1981-86.1
    Whale tooth

    A large sperm whale tooth (probably a pair with AAA0023). It is engraved with a barque-rigged whaler wearing a British ensign at the main; in the foreground two boats are harpooning whales, a third is being towed along by a…

  • Unknown
    circa 1835
    W1978-71.3
    Whale tooth

    A plain, polished sperm whale's tooth formerly belonging to William Tolley Brookes, captain of the whale ship 'Active' in the 1830s. Larger teeth like these were obtained before numbers of these whales declined through overfishing.

  • Unknown
    1830-40
    D2003.058
    Whale tooth

    A sperm whale's tooth engraved with an action between a British ship and a dismasted opponent, wreckage in the sea in the foreground. On the other side, is a whaling scene with a whaling vessel hove-to in the background, four…

  • Unknown
    circa 1835
    W1978-71.2

    A sperm whale's tooth carved in high relief with a figure in classical drapes holding a scroll with its left arm resting on a column. The carving is within an elliptical laurel wreath. The base of the tooth is cut…

  • Unknown
    circa 1835
    W1978-71.4

    A plain, polished sperm whale's tooth formerly belonging to William Tolley Brookes, captain of the whale ship 'Active' in the 1830s. Larger teeth like these were obtained before numbers of these whales declined through overfishing.

  • Unknown
    1850-1900
    M1962-33
    Fid

    A whalebone fid: a tool used in rigging and sailmaking. The bone would be taken from the lower jaw of a sperm whale. Four lines have been engraved round the upper end. This is an example of the more functional…

  • Finney, Nathaniel Sylvester
    mid-19th century
    W1978-71.1
    Whale tooth

    A sperm whale's tooth engraved on one side with a view of a sailor climbing a ship's rigging in a storm. The scene is placed within a border with a stylised ship's keel below and bow above. Inscribed below: 'The…

  • Juratone Co Ltd
    circa 1980
    W1982-110
    Plaque

    A resin imitation (rather than a reproduction) of a whalebone pan bone plaque. It is inscribed on the reverse 'Whaler Topaz off Marquesas Is, Jan 1840' and signed 'James Allen' The initials 'J.A.' are on the front lower left corner.…

  • Unknown
    after 1892
    L9(23)
    Cribbage board

    A cribbage board and two pegs, carved from a walrus tusk with a polar bear, walrus head, and three seals carved in relief. There is a compartment for pegs at the end. The base is engraved with a map of…

  • Unknown
    mid-19th century
    item-scrimshaw; supplementary
    Panel

    An engraved whalebone panel made from the lower jaw of a sperm whale and pierced with two suspension holes. It depicts a ship off the shore of a volcanic tropical island with houses along the shore. The vessel may be…

  • Unknown
    1937-458-469
    Cup

    Horn cup commemorating Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) with engraved decoration based on the John Flaxman monument in St Paul's Cathedral. A figure titled 'NELSON'. is shown within a wreath of leaves, full-length, left hand supported by an anchor, the right…

  • Unknown
    1919
    M1962-51
    Tambua

    Five whale's teeth engraved with names joined by a cord. Presented to Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859-1935) by the hereditary chief Hon. J.A. Rabice, O.B.E. during a visit to Suva, Fiji in 1919. See Admiral Sir…

  • Spilman, Nathaniel
    21 September 1811
    M1954-6
    Beaker

    Horn beaker commemorating the Battle of Trafalgar, 1805. It has a silver rim and the surface is engraved with the ships of the opposing fleets at Trafalgar, a coastline shown in the distance. Inscribed around the base: 'ADMIRAL LORD NELSON'S…

  • Unknown
    before 1845
    AAA2285
    Bone Comb

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A bone comb found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-79.

  • Unknown
    before 1845
    AAA2284
    Bone Comb

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A bone comb found in an abandoned boat at Erebus Bay, King William Island by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-79.

  • Unknown
    circa 1845
    AAA2138
    Pork rib bone

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. A salt pork rib bone found by Lieutenant W.R. Hobson at an abandoned camp site at Cape Felix, King William Island on 25 May 1859. Collected by the McClintock Search Expedition…

  • Unknown
    before 1845
    AAA2259
    Button

    A relic of Sir John Franklin's last expedition 1845-48. Five bone buttons found at Crozier's camp site near Ross Cairn, Point Victory, King William Island on 11 July 1879 by the Schwatka Search Expedition 1878-79. This was the place where…

  • Unknown
    late 19th century
    W1981-24.16
    Animal figurine

    A carved wooden sperm whale probably made by a seaman. The figure is inlaid with a bone blow hole and harpoon with an attached rope carved into the surface of the wood. A small wooden shield is inlaid on the…

  • Unknown
    M1953-18.2
    Mammoth's tooth

    Large fossilized tooth from a mammoth. It is composed of stratified layers and the end has separated along one of the natural striae. The flat but damaged grinding surface is uppermost in the image, the root being the striped lower…

  • Fraser, John
    PAG4679

    Bound with PAG4653-PAG4678, PAG4680.

  • Unknown
    AAB0217

    Sawfish rostrum. It is either Pristis pristis or the dwarf sawfish, Pristis clavata.