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Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
1840-1870
Medium 
Ivory, black ink
Dimensions 
Overall: 5 1/2 x 1 5/8 x 1 3/8 in. ( 14 x 4.1 x 3.5 cm )
Description 
Engraved polychrome scrimshaw Sperm whale's tooth; engraving in black and red ink of a man carrying an American flag gesturing upward.
Object Number 
1981.35
Marks 
engraved: "EXCELSIOR"
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group