Antique Scrimshaw “The Liberation of Caractacus”


Antique black and white scrimshaw on whale’s tooth by an unknown scrimshaw artist. Taken from a 19th century print by C. Panormo, the scene depicts the liberation of Caractacus by Emperor Claudius. The reverse side continues the Christian motif with a portrait of Eve, complete with the snake and apple. Excellent patina on this one and close inspection reveals the tell tale dots used by the old scrimshanders on board the whaling vessels. By the way, this is a matching pair with WTA011 (The murder of the Innocents). Both have small holes drilled into the base indicating that they were mounted together at one time. Undoubtedly, both are done by the same artist. Great set for the discerning collector. Weighs in at 15oz.

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 Florida. It can be purchased directly from our website and shipped only to an address within the state of Florida. If one has a relative, trusted friend or business associate within the state of Florida, we can ship to that specified address in order to comply with Federal legislation. The scrimshaw can then be forwarded to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions, email or call us.

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