Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane
Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane

Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane

1800 to 1900 Anglo American

Offered by Finch & Co

Sold

To browse more Antique Collectibles click here

To see more from this dealer click here

A Sailors Scrimshaw Carved Whalebone Walking Cane the Knop of Sperm Whale Tooth Decorated with Insets of Baleen and Silver the lower shaft with a spiralling twist replicating a narwhal tusk
Old smooth mellow creamy patina
Circa 1840-50

Size: 92cm long - 36¼ ins long
Scrimshaw rescued the whale man from despondency and kept his mind and hands occupied. One journal (Barbeau) states: ‘I am unsettled in mind for want of work. Saw nothing, and work all dun. An idle head is a workshop for the devil. Employed scrimshaw’. The Captain of the bark, John.A.Robb, wrote in 1861: ‘Today, I feel the best that I have for the last 8 months. Commenced Squimshoning, the first I have done for the last 6 months’. In addition to the problems of boredom and despair that were the result of a three or four year voyage, there was the antagonism and anger that arose among men who were thrown together under such difficult circumstances for long periods of time. Ships logs and journals are filled with comments such as: ‘After quarrelling a half hour we commenced mending the sail.... Thus ends another long disagreeable day’.
Medium
Whalebone, Whaletooth, Tortoisehell, Baleen
Finch & Co

Finch & Co
Suite No 744
2 Old Brompton Road
London
SW7 3DQ
England

Contact Details
+44 (0) 207 689 7500
-
+44 (0)7836 684133
+44 (0)7768 236921
Email Dealer More Contact Details
Opening Hours
Contacts
Member Since 2006
Members of
View Full Details