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Scrimshawed whale's tooth

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Sperm whale tooth with an engraving on each side. Obverse is a scene of the engagement between two vessels during the War of 1812, possibly the Constitution and Guerrière after a Michel Felice Corné illustration in Abel Bowen's publication, The Naval Monument (Boston, 1816). Reverse is of the...

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Purchased by the donor in November or December 1945 at an antique or curio shop in Kobe or Deshima, Japan.

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III

about 1816

Object Place

United States


8.8 x 18.6 x 4.6 cm (3 7/16 x 7 5/16 x 1 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Engraved sperm whale tooth




Mixed media