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Scrimshaw
Sperm Whale
Tooth
"Third Rater Ship of the Line"
Gallery Display

Ancient Ivories Studios



Department of Commerce Registration Number 21-145

This is as classically-shaped a right-handed Sperm Whale's tooth as you are likely to ever find. 6 inches along its curve, 2 inches wide at the base and weighing 163 grams.

On this tooth is depicted the portrait of a British Third Rate Ship-of-the-Line. In 1805, the time of the battle of Trafalgar, Third-Raters made up 147 of the total of 175 British Ships-of-the-Line. These three-deckers carried up to 80 cannon, and numbered about 700 men. The function of the third-raters was to fight in the great naval fleet engagements. These fighting ships could deliver up to 25 tons of shot every hour!

This tooth is precisely etched with such a ship, with her gun ports open and cannon ready. She is preparing for battle under moderate sail. The hull is lightly colored in brown and yellow. [Please click on the picture for a larger view.] The back of the tooth is left unpolished, so you can feel its natural state.

Choose, as an added option, a Sterling Silver display stand made specifically for this tooth, which allows you to remove the tooth for closer viewing, and replace it when you are done. Also available is a turned walnut wood stand.

This is, of course, a real and legal tooth, registered with the U.S. Department of Commerce as #21-145. This is an exquisite piece that any scrimshaw collector would be pleased to highlight his collection. Can be shipped only within the United States.

A chance to own a signed original by American scrimshander M.M. Cohen. A unique piece - Of course, only one is available.