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Contained in their original mahogany box with a silver plaque on the inner lid inscribed: ‘A Model of Instruments and Apparatus used in Greenland Whale Fishery. Made by T Piercy 1820’
Some implements with their own steel labels attached: ‘Flinching Spade’, ‘Spear Harpoon’, ‘Strand Knife’, etc.
Size: 9.5cm high, 30cm wide, 10cm deep – 3¾ ins high, 11¾ ins wide, 4 ins deep
English whaling gear of the early 19th century was illustrated in William Scoresby Jr’s. book ‘An Account of the Arctic Regions with a history and description of the Northern Whale Fishery’. Published in 1820 the apparatus shown is identical to the model instruments in this collection. William Scoresby Jr. was one of the most famous whaling Captains and the son of another successful whaler William Scoresby Snr., of Whitby in Yorkshire. As well as whaling he explored and mapped the coasts along which he fished and made observations on natural history, meteorology and oceanography. He invented many improvements in whaling gear, as had his father who devised the barrel like ‘crow’s nest’ to replace the flimsy canvas protection for the lookout at the master-head. It is very probable that these model instruments were made to demonstrate and reflect William Scoresby Jr’s. inventions and improvements.