Blockade by Old Whaleships
“Blockade by Old Whaleships” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Gerry Dupont. Fascinating incident which took place during the Civil War. A flotilla of 15 aging whalers were loaded with heavy stones and sailed to the channel entrance of both Charleston and Savannah where they were scuttled in order to block all entrance into the rebel ports. This impressive scrimshaw was done on an ancient walrus tusk used as an ice axe hundreds of years ago. Dupont did a magnificent job of portraying the entire fleet. A plaque describing the scene describes the action. This is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us and was created in the mid 1990s. Great piece, at a great price.