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The reverse with the Royal Coat of Arms unifying England, Ireland and Scotland
Early 19th Century
Size: 18cm long – 7 ins long
It is generally true that the best examples of figural scrimshaw were copied from illustrations from either magazines or books. Usually these engravings were done by pricking through a template with a sharp point or blade, often a ground down sail needle.
Queen Anne (1665-1714) presided over the Act of Union, which completed the unification of Scotland and England. Perhaps this scrimshaw tooth was made by a patriotic sailor to commemorate the Acts of Union, the laws that cemented the political union of England, Ireland and Scotland in 1707 and formed Great Britain.