Back from the Hunt


Black and white scrimshaw on complete ancient walrus tusk ivory by Charles Emerson. Powerful work by Emerson, who is no longer doing any scrimshaw. His portraits of everyday life in the Arctic are prized. Seldom does his work appear on the open market today. This is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. This is a complete ancient walrus tusk, not broken or chipped. Magnificent color on the front and the back is unusual in that the outer layer had partially eroded indicating that it may have been “beach” ivory for a brief period of time. The entire tusk weighs almost four pounds! It does not come with a stand.

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