Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane

Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane

1800 to 1900 English

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A Fine Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Marine Ivory and Whalebone Walking Cane
The shaft carved with cross-hatching and spirals to resemble the tusk of a Narwhal. The sperm whale tooth handle carved as a Turks-head knot
Mid 19th Century

Size: 86.5cm long – 34 ins long

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The Turks-head knot as well as being decorative was also very practical where a large knot was required on board ship. When worked with a long-line the knot will form a turban and so became known as the ‘Turkshead’. The endless knot, with no seams or visible beginning or end was to the sailor an allegory of love and so became a symbol of interdependence and of marriage or union.
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Whalebone and Whaletooth
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