Scrimshander at Work


“Scrimshander at Work” black and white scrimshaw on whale’s tooth by Karen Reno. Excellent portrait of mariner at work on a whale’s tooth while smoking his pipe. Great detail in this piece such as  the suspenders and the rumpled shirt. Quote from Moby Dick on the reverse side. A prized piece as Reno did not create a great deal of her work  on whale’s teeth. From one of our collectors who is no longer with us. The estate asked us to price it attractively and we did so. It could easily command much, much more.

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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