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Plumes and the Portraits of four Ladies of fashion. The points pierced for attachment, fine colour and patina
Size : 47 cm long – 18½ ins long
The Dutch word ‘Skrimshander’ meaning ‘idle fellow’ or ‘one who fritters the time away’ is most probably the origin of ‘Scrimshaw’ using whatever tools were at hand on board. Scrimshandering provided diversion and entertainment for idle hands and minds during long dreary days.
A mid 19th century log entry for one whaler records ‘this is terribly slow travelling, ship has made 39 miles of nothing since yesterday. All hands scrimshandering. So ends this very long day’.
|Height||47.00 cm||(18.50 inches)|