Plowing Through the Seas


“Plowing Through the Seas” black and white scrimshaw on sperm whale’s tooth by Karen Petersen. Full rigged ship plows through heavy seas, sending spray along her sides. Excellent stipple work by Petersen on this one. She was known for her wildlife scrimshaw in color, so this is a rare piece, indeed. Probably was done in the early to mid 1980s.  From the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. Won’t see one like this again.


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 to you and everyone complies with the law. Any questions, email or call us.

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