Color scrimshaw by Chris Lehwalder on large whale’s tooth. The “belle of the ball” here is the celebrated Aberdeen built clipper “Thermopylae”. As in the case of her rival in the China tea trade, the famous “Cutty Sark”, and also the “Titania” and the “Taeping”, she was of composite construction (elm and teak planking on iron frames). Her most prominent identifying characteristic however, was that her hull color was green, making her the “prettiest vessel ever” under sail. This is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Nice size tooth which weighs some 14 ounces. Great opportunity to get a Lehwalder at a sale price.
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.