Scrimshaw whales’ tooth with portrait of American ship on the obverse America circa 1860. The ship is well articulated showing a three masted ship under sail. The vessel has false gun ports typical of mid-19th century merchant vessels. The sails are very well detailed and show the reef points. The rigging is also very well-articulated. Flying from the gaff is a poly chrome American Flag. There is a red banner flying from the top of the main mast. The vessel is set in an engraved sea. The reverse of the tooth depicts a formally dressed woman in riding apparel mounted on a horse. The engraving is very well drawn. (SC-1109)
Condition: The tooth has a few typical age cracks and has a mellow age patina.
Length: 5 ½ Inches