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Engraved with six gun ships firing broadside at one another, the reverse with a whaling scene. American or English
Mid 19th Century
Size: 15.5cm long, 8cm wide, 5cm deep – 6¼ ins long, 3¼ ins wide, 2 ins deep
The depicting of a whaling scene to the reverse of the tooth is said to be typical of the ‘Naval Engagement engraver’ who was most probably British as some of the battleships presumed to be drawn by him fly the Union Jack. However, both American and British scrimshaw artists produced these scenes in the mid 19th Century and it remains undecided which nation of whaling seamen actually scrimshawed these scenes.