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Skeletal whalebone, sperm whale ivory baleen and wood
Mid 19th Century
Size: 32.5cm long – 12¾ ins long (max)
page; 50, ‘American Scrimshaw’ by M McManus
These scrimshaw needles which are sometimes known as pins, were carved by the whalers from whale bone with sperm whale ivory ends inlaid with both baleen and wood. The tops were shaped to be slightly larger to prevent the knitting from slipping off the needle.