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Depicting a whaling ship with a humpback whale being harpooned from two boats. The reverse engraved with a proud sailor cheering and waving his hat. British or American
Aged smooth yellow patina, small chip to tip
Mid 19th Century
Size: 13cm long, 5.5cm wide (max) – 5 ins long, 2¼ ins wide (max)
However the first truly organised whaling industry seems to have originated with the Basques who were fishing the Bay of Biscay in 1000 AD. A small seal for a Basque town carved around 1400 AD shows a chase after whales from a small boat and is a remarkably scrimshaw-like object. Although it is most often associated with the Yankee whale-men of the 19th century the scrimshanders art was embraced and extensively practiced by the British, Australian and Portuguese mariners as well.