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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Old smooth patina
Mid 19th Century
Size: 85cm long – 33½ ins long
Bone from the sperm-whale was the only whalebone used to make objects as the other types were far too oily and porous. The whalers appreciated the ‘feel’ of the material and the clean, honest lines of the well proportioned device made by the scrimshanders has turned these objects into a form of marine folk art.