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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Pair of American Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm-Whale Tooth Portrait Busts"
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Probably of a ship’s Captain and his wife
Sizes: a: 7.5cm high – 3 ins high
b: 8cm high – 3¼ ins high
Captains, mates and seamen were all involved in scrimshaw, but none of the skills needed to make objects from whalebone and ivory were the result of formal training. The sailor’s art was a product of their natural inclination, dexterous hands and creative minds and it was almost universal amongst whale-men for 80 years.