Black and white scrimshaw on antique whale’s tooth by an unknown scrimshaw artist. Sir John Moore was a British lieutenant general who led a famous retreat to La Coruna during the Napoleonic Peninsular War. He died in the Battle of La Coruna (Jan. 16, 1809). This antique work is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. This is in remarkable condition and the patina is incredible. It has just a touch of red in the flowers on the back side, a nice touch. By the way, this was taken to the Antiques Roadshow when it came to the Bay Area years ago and was appraised at $15,000 to $18,000. Unfortunately the collector did not get a written appraisal. However, he did have an original Myrick tooth that later sold for over $125,000.00! Probably created 1860s to 1880s. Weighs in at 1 lb.m 5 oz. Very nice.
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.