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Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Whale's tooth
Ivory, pigment
Overall: 2 1/4 x 7 in. ( 5.7 x 17.8 cm )
Sperm Whale's tooth engraved with bow and port view of sailing ship under full sail with printed inscription below.
Credit Line 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Object Number 
engraved: below image: "BARK WANDERER HOMEWARD BOUND"
Gallery Label 
Carving suggests “modern” work made for the souvenir trade in the first half of the 20th century. The ship depicted is likely the Wanderer, a New England Whaler built in 1878 in Mattapoisett,MA, which obtained some measure of status as an icon of the whaling days after appearing in the 1922 film “Down to the Sea in Ships”. The Wanderer wrecked on Cuttyhunk Island in 1924.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group