Whale's tooth

Object Number: 
1941.773b
Date: 
1920-1939
Medium: 
Ivory, pigment
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/4 x 7 in. ( 5.7 x 17.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: below image: "BARK WANDERER HOMEWARD BOUND"
Description: 
Scrimshawed sperm whale tooth engraved with bow and port view of sailing ship under full sail with printed inscription below.
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.
Credit Line: 
Gift of George A. Zabriskie
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group