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Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
1920-1939
Medium 
Ivory, pigment
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 7 in. ( 5.7 x 17.8 cm )
Description 
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 
1941.773b
Marks 
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