Northwest Coast Whale Bone and Pewter Presentation Piece, c. early 19th century, a whale neck vertebra carved and incised in the image of a raven, the reverse incised with the face of a dogfish or shark, dark patina, spinal column with custom-fitted covered pewter box of European manufacture, the lid engraved with heraldic symbol of "Cross Crosslet Fitche Gule" and motto "Veritas Ad Finem" (Truth to the end) within an encompassing knight's belt or garter device with "Alaska" above and "1828" below, ht. 6 1/4 x lg. 12, box dia. 4 1/4 in.
Provenance: Skinner, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, November 18, 1989, Lot 210Y.
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