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Fine smooth patina, and mellow golden colour
Early 19th Century
Size: 203.5cm long – 80¼ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no. 3, item no. 40, catalogue no. 7, item no. 129, catalogue no. 13, item no. 123, for other examples
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C.I.T.E.S documentation available
Upon detecting poison the horn would ‘sweat’ and become clammy to the touch. Thus the horn of a narwhal was often simply laid upon the table during a courtly feast or banquet so that any change in its appearance might instantly be seen.