Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
early 19th century
Medium 
Ivory
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 6.4 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm )
Description 
Engraved scrimshaw whale's tooth; engraved with black ink on the obverse with a view of New York City Hall; the Hall has two American flags on the reverse is a view of a battle between two frigate with one of them firing a cannon shot.
Credit Line 
Gift of Edmund Astley Prentis
Object Number 
1955.34
Marks 
inscribed: on obverse: "CITY HALL NEW YORK" inscribed: on reverse: "PEACOCK AND LE EPERVIER"
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, "these teeth were probably made in 1925 by William Perry of Cp. College at Seaman's Institute." The engagement between U.S. Sloop of war 'Peacock' and the British brig ' L'Epervier' occurred of the coast of Florida on April 29, 1814.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group