1949 Plymouth scrimshaw

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1949 Plymouth scrimshaw

Post by dsweidman » Sat Jul 16th, 2011 5:16

I just thought I would share a picture of a hat pin that a friend of mine made from pure ivory (Pre-ban)
She is a very talented artist and carved this scrimshaw hat pin from a photograph. You can contact her from her website if interested.

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Re: 1949 Plymouth scrimshaw

Post by p18plywood » Sat Jul 16th, 2011 4:32

That is some really fine work. A lot of folks might not be familiar with scrimshaw. Being from New Bedford,Mass, the old whaling capital of the 19th century, I'm quite familiar with this artform. Sailors would scratch beautiful pictures into polished sperm whale teeth during their idle time. They would highlight the lines by rubbing ink into the scratches. The wide variety of art and implements made of teeth and bone were usually gifts for family members when they got home after very long voyages. It's hard to come by whale or elephant ivory today. Some people have gone to prehistoric walrus tusk from Alaska as a substitute. The whiteness of your pin sugests it is elephant ivory.

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Re: 1949 Plymouth scrimshaw

Post by Johnny_S » Wed Aug 19th, 2015 6:21

That is great work !! Thanks for sharing.

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