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The unaltered short spiralling whalebone shaft finely inlaid with tortoiseshell, marine ivory and whale baleen, the octagonal handle carved from a sperm-whale tooth
In good original condition, old smooth patina
Early 19th Century
Size: 63.5cm long – 25 ins long
Scrimshaw was actively encouraged by some whaling masters to relieve the terrible boredom of the long periods spent sailing between productive whaling grounds. This pretty little cane with its decorative inlay of geometric designs was most probably made for a favourite child, and would have taken the whaler many hours of careful work.