Ballerina

Heidi Robichaud Scrimshaw - Ballerina

Color scrimshaw on an impressive ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Heidi Robichaud. This was created by Robichaud in 1985 and is from the collection of a client who is no longer with us. He had his own oak stands made for most pieces in his collection with space for a brass nameplate to be engraved with a title and name of the scrimshander. Unfortunately, he never got around to that part. One does not have to be a dance enthusiast to appreciate the lines and beauty of the ballerina. This is done on one of those artifacts that we never come across anymore. It was used as an ice axe and also as a type of whetstone to shape thick fish bones that would be used as sewing needles, hence the grooves in the side. Amazing, indeed. This massive piece of ivory weighs over 3 pounds! We won’t see another like this again.

Native Ivory Worker

Charles Emerson Scrimshaw - Native Ivory Worker

Black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by Charles Emerson. Looks like this  patient craftsman is fashioning a sled runner out of walrus tusk ivory, unaware that hundreds and hundreds of years in the future, these tools and artifacts would be used to create scrimshaw. Really like the way Emerson has added just a touch of blue in the background. You almost do not notice it at first glance. From the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Great opportunity to add an Emerson work to one’s collection as he is not longer doing scrimshaw.

Final Instructions

Mary Simpson Scrimshaw - Final Instructions

Black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory by Mary Simpson. As a youngster prepares to venture on his first solo, he receives final instructions. Very fine stipple work by scrimshander Simpson. This is from the collection of one of our long time clients who is no longer with us. Probably created in the early to mid 1980s. Not familiar with Simpson’s work.

Dangerous Grizzly

David Adams Scrimshaw - Dangerous Grizzly

Black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Something or someone has really made this guy angry. Can you imagine coming face to face with this fearsome animal? Feet don’t fail me now, although it is almost impossible to outrun these animals for a short distance. Adams has just nailed this one.  This is an artifact of some kind, but we really do not know exactly how it was used. The back side has been worked into a “V” shape. Nice stand of bubinga and ebony complete the picture.

Rattlesnake and Mouse Carving

Rattlesnake and Mouse Carving

Rattlesnake and Mouse Carving – Excellent carving on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by unknown artist. Nice artifact that was used as a fire starter hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Creative use of the ivory highlighted by placing the mouse at the bottom on one of the holes. Really like this one.

Night Owl

David Smith Scrimshaw - Night Owl

Black and white scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Smith. As night approaches, this guy is looking for a meal. No doubt he will find it and there will be fewer critters around the barn. Love the way Smith has created the background, giving the impression of impending darkness. The ivory was used as a tool by ancient Eskimos in the Northern Bering Sea area hundreds of years ago. Not much of this rare ivory found anymore. Nice piece from a long time collector who is no longer with us.

King Leopard

David Adams Scrimshaw - King Leopard

Color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by David Adams. Rarely seen King Leopard depicted by Adams. This cat is a hybrid of other leopards and was not considered in the leopard family until fairly recently.  The stealthy cat is making its way down rocks to the edge of an unseen stream. Love the composition in this one. This is done on a museum quality ancient walrus tusk ivory net sinker. Both holes are completely intact, which is rare. Most are mounted on a horizontal base, so this created a challenge for the scrimshander. Adams nailed it. Nice lacewood stand completes the picture.

 

Glory of the Seas

Color scrimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Mike Cohen. Well known artist, Cohen, has been at the top of his game for some time now. His work is prized by knowing collectors. Very well done image of the famous Glory of the Seas. Done on an artifact, judging by the scoring marks at the top of the ivory. Not a great deal of this ivory around today. Nice stand of bubinga and mammoth ivory complete the picture.

Blue Whale with Friendship Schooner

Gerry Dupont Scrimshaw - Blue Whale with Friendship Schooner

Black and white scimshaw on ancient walrus tusk ivory artifact by Gerry Dupont. Excellent depiction of above/below concept by well known scrimshander, Dupont. Nice detail with the people on board the vessel. He has used virtually every area of the artifact for this fine work. Not sure exactly how the ivory was used, but the scoring marks show that it was some sort of tool or artifact hundreds and hundreds of years ago. Nice stand completes the picture. Great price on this one, by the way.

Owl Stack Ivory Carving

Owl Stack Ivory Carving

Owl Stack Ivory Carving on ancient walrus tusk ivory. Creative use for this shape of ivory depicting three small owls stacked one on top of the other, waiting for their parents to return with dinner. Nice color in the ivory, the result of being buried for hundreds and hundreds of years as the ivory absorbs minerals from surrounding area.