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Engraved Whale's Tooth

Auction:
2431
Lot:
227
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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2431
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
November 01, 2008 3:00PM

Description:

Engraved Whale's Tooth, America, early 19th c. the obverse depicting a square-rigged ship with sails lowered, eight gunports, and flying an American flag, the reverse showing thirteen stars overa a spreadwing eagle with American shield and banner inscribed "E Pluribis Unum," over three arrows, diamond pattern base border; faintly heightened with red and blue sealing wax, (minor imperfections), ht. 4 1/2 in-

Provenance: Reportedly originally owned by an early descendant of of Artemis Ward, then by family descent to the consignor.
Major General Artemis Ward (b. November 27, 1727, d. October 17, 1800), of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, served General George Washington in defense of Boston Harbor during the American Revolution. Today, there is a museum in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts at what was the home of Artemis Ward.
Estimate $15,000-25,000

the tip has some shallow chips, approx. eight fairly unobtrusive age cracks.

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Artemis Ward, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, Boston Harbor, George Washington

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