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Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationNot on display
PeopleProvenance: Allen, James A.

Object details:

Object ID AAA0024
Description 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. The piece is moulded with two whale ships off a rocky coast with three boats pursuing a pod of sperm whales. The edge is decorated with a zigzag pattern. The reverse has been given a honeycomb appearance. It is a convincing example of the imitation scrimshaw produced in considerable quantities from the 1960s onwards.
Date made circa 1980

Artist/Maker Juratone Co Ltd
Place made London
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials plastic
Measurements Overall: 39 mm x 440 mm x 96 mm x 1.05 kg
  • Plaque (AAA0024)
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