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Scrimshaw
Sperm Whale
Tooth
"Charles Morgan on Whaling Grounds"

Gallery Display

Ancient Ivories Studios


Registered - U.S. Department of Commerce
# 21-231-0007


The last of the wooden whalers, the Charles Morgan brought back some of the richest cargoes of whale oil and whalebone of the entire American fleet. 350 tons, the Morgan was built by the Hillman yard in New Bedford in 1841. She cost $32,000 by launching time. Before her last voyage in 1924, she had made 38 separate whaling trips. She made more money for her various owners than any other American whaleship. (She now rests restored in Mystic Seaport.

Beautifully etched on the front of this tooth is a quarter view of the Morgan (correct in very detail) and a harpooned Sperm Whale. The back is scrimshawed with a crewed whaleboat on a Nantucket sleighride under a setting sun. Very light colors appear in various places, such as the green rubrail on the whaleboat. Well-scrimshawed, even to the border at the bottom that goes all around the tooth. This tooth is 5 inches long and weighs 174 grams. An ideal addition to any collection!

This original piece is signed by respected American scrimshander M. M. Cohen. It is one-of-a-kind - Only one is available.