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Whale tooth

Sailors' craftwork

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Collection Sailors' craftwork, Decorative art
Gallery locationNot on display
VesselsPacific 1826

Object details:

Object ID AAA0036
Description A sperm whale tooth engraved with a sailing vessel in heavy seas having lost her foremast entitled: 'Ship Pacific off the Cape of Good Hope'. The reverse shows the same ship in calm seas. A wavy foliage branch goes round the tope of the tooth. This type of seamen's craftwork is known as scrimshaw. The 'Pacific' is probably the vessel of that name built in 1826. She was a ship-rigged 347-ton vessel, owned by Bennett & Co, operating in the southern oceans from the port of London.
Date made 1826-1830

Artist/Maker Unknown
Credit National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Materials whale tooth
Measurements 51 x 150 x 89 mm
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