Whaler’s Try Pots


“Whaler’s Try Pots” black and white scrimshaw on whale’s tooth by Ray Peters. Well known scrimshander has captured one aspect of whaling that is seldom portrayed. The detail on this is astounding. Check out the remarque on the back side. The cook is dumping something out of the window. This was done years and years ago and is from the collection of one of our clients who is no longer with us. Would be valued much higher today. Whaling vessels from the 19th century used large iron pots, called try pots, to liquify whale blubber. Once boiled down, the liquid oil would be stored in wooden casks beneath deck. The try pots were mounted in a structure called the try works on the top deck.


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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