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Object Number: 
ca. 1830-1870
Coconut shell, ivory, iron
Overall: 6 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4 in. ( 17.1 x 8.9 x 7 cm )
Scoop made from hollow coconut shell with carved Sperm Whale's tooth handle attached to scoop with iron pins.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, this scoop was used for sugar. According to Stuart M. Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, this piece is indicative of work created by whalemen working in the South Pacific. The carved handle was fashioned from a Sperm Whale’s tooth.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Rutherford Oakes Ainslie
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group