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Whale tooth

Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Brookes, William Tolley

Object details:

Object ID AAA0018
Description 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 level. Formerly the property of Captain William Tolley Brookes (1791-1874), master of the whale ship 'Active' in the 1830s. This type of sailor's craftwork is known as scrimshaw.
Date made circa 1835

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