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Cribbage board

Sailors' craftwork

Object connections:

Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
User collections Illustrated Teeth and Bone by dmclark
Gallery locationPolar Worlds Gallery (Floor plans)

Object details:

Object ID AAA0033
Description 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 the coastline from St Michael Island, Alaska, to the mainland, inscribed with the place names 'CAPE PRINCE OF WAELS, YORK, TELLER, SALT LAKE, TISSYE RIVER, SINUK, CREPPLE RIVER, PENNY RIVER, NOME, NOME RIVER, PORT SAEFTY, SOLOMON, BLUFF, COLOVIN BAY, NORTON BAY, SHATOLIK CNALAKEE T, ST MICHAEL.' Eskimo work. This style of carving was developed to meet demand created by the Gold Rush and is strongly influenced by whalers carving.
Date made After 1892

Place made Alaska
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. We regret that Museum enquiries have not been able to identify the copyright holder and would welcome any information that would help us update our records. Please contact the Picture Library.
Materials walrus tusk
Measurements 58 x 580 x 77 mm
  • Cribbage board (AAA0033)
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