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Niho Palaoa and Pre-Contact Hawai’ian Arts
David Howard Hitchcock (American, 1861-1943), Big Island of Hawaii.Sold for $30,750

Whaling was extremely important to the development of many countries in the early nineteenth century because of the fat that lit lamps and greased machines, leading to the Industrial Revolution. Prior to the arrival of whaling crews in 1820, Hawai’i had a much different relationship with the whale. When overfishing became an issue in the Atlantic, many whalers turned to the Pacific and started docking in Hawai’i.… Read More

Frederick Myrick: The Most Famous Scrimshander

Our March 4 American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction features a notable collection of Scrimshaw, Canes, and Nautical Antiques. Among the lots on offer, the most significant piece is a large whale’s tooth decorated by the Nantucket scrimshander Frederick Myrick depicting the ship Frances of New Bedford (Lot 116, Estimate $100,000-150,000). This tooth is one of only two known Frances teeth decorated by Myrick.

In a biographical note that appears in the Frederick Myrick of Nantucket Scrimshaw Catalogue Raisonne (Kendall Whaling Museum, Sharon, Massachusetts, 2000), in which this tooth is pictured, Stuart Frank writes that Frederick Myrick is “undoubtedly the most famous scrimshaw artist…[and his] work will likely always remain a cornerstone of any scrimshaw collection.Read More