The First Captain of the Morgan
“The First Captain of the Morgan” black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by David Adams. Brilliant composition by Adams on this one. Focusing on the hull and rigging draws one right into the scene and compliments the stunning portrait of Captain Thomas A. Norton. This piece of ivory was initially thought to be not suitable for scrimshaw; however, we had it polished and this is the result. Stunning! This was “beach ivory” and the back side has been worn to a smooth surface as it rolled around on the beach. We always look forward to Adams scrimshaw creations and are ever disappointed as can be seen here. Handsome cocobolo stand completes the picture.