Whaler Sunbeam at Work


Black and white scrimshaw on whale’s tooth by C. McCandless. The Sunbeam out of New Bedford is shown at the whaling grounds launching her whaleboats. Seamen work furiously in order to furl the sails. On the horizon can be seen another whaler. Very clean work on this one by McCandless. This is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Interesting to note that on the inside of the tooth is a sticker saying “Barbara Johnson” with the number uW345 written inside the outline of a whale. Perhaps he got this from the auction or from someone who purchased it there.

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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