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Collection of Small Scrimshaw Items

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American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2640B
Date / Time :
March 03, 2013 10:00AM


Collection of Small Scrimshaw Items, mostly carved ivory, baleen, and bone, including a slide-lid box containing twenty-eight bone and ebonized wood dominoes, two ivory clamps, a bone-handled brass seal, a whistle, a game piece, an oval lapped-seam baleen box engraved with three houses, nine bodkins, one ornately carved with abalone inlay, a carved bone seam rubber topped with a clenched fist, a clothespin, ivory and baleen lady's leg handle, a small bone cup device with engraved sperm whale figure, six ivory or bone folding tool devices, one with toothpick ear spoon and two-tine fork, a knife-form letter opener, a miniature dagger with sheath and metal blade, a miniature ball peen hammer, a snuff spoon, a tubular wood case containing a crochet hook and two picks, a fish figure, a turned bone handle with iron hook, and ten ebonized wood and bone dominoes, (losses), dia. 1 3/4 to 5 5/8 in.
Estimate $800-1,200

baleen box missing some pieces on the seam and base edge three of the folding tool devices are missing thier tools,

The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.


carved bone seam rubber, bone cup device, bone folding tool devices, metal blade, thier tools, Baleen, Bone, Carving, Cetaceans, Corsetry, Crochet hook, Dominoes, Engraving, Ivory, Scrimshaw, Spoon, Visual arts