Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane

Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane

1800 to 1900 North America

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A Fine and Substantial Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Sperm Whale Tooth Ivory Walking Cane
The handle carved as a clenched fist gripping a coiled serpent. The shaft inlaid with baleen
Probably American
Mid 19th Century

Size: 87cm long – 34¼ ins long
See: Finch & Co catalogue no.16, item no’s. 88, 89 & 90, for other examples
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This exceptional cane is octagonally carved from several large and heavy sperm whale teeth, with each section of the shaft carefully inlaid with whale baleen. The clenched fist is emblematic of ‘friendships hand’ and was used by scrimshanders to symbolise protection, justice and power, and the snake as a symbol of the unity of the colonies of the United States of America.

Medium
Whaletooth, Baleen
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