Antique Scrimshaw “Murder of the Innocents”


Antique scrimshaw done on large whale’s tooth by an unknown scrimshaw artist. Biblical depiction of the Massacre of the Innocents ordered by King Herod. Very old tooth with fantastic patina. At one time it was probably mounted as a companion to WTA012 (The Liberation of Caractacus). Both are the exact same size and both have tiny holes drilled into the base, indicating they may have been mounted together at one time. Both are done in the same manner, undoubtedly by the same scrimshander. The back side depicts “Canadian Woman Weeping the Loss of her Child”, continuing the theme of lost children. The woman is sitting on top of a blanket with slight color in the design indicating the she may be Native American. Interesting pair. Weighs in at 15 oz.

This scrimshaw is done on a sperm whale’s tooth. Federal legislation bans the interstate shipment of whale ivory. It can only be shipped intrastate (within the state). All of our whale ivory is located with our associate in the state of Ohio. It can be purchased directly from our website and shipped only to an address within the state of Ohio. If one has a relative, trusted friend or business associate within the state of Ohio, we can ship to that specified address in order to comply with Federal legislation. The scrimshaw can then be forwarded it to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions, email or call us.

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