Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
ca. 1850
Medium 
Tooth
Dimensions 
Overall: 1 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 5 1/2 in. ( 3.8 x 5.7 x 14 cm )
Description 
Scrimshaw whale's tooth with etched image of woman in a long off-the-shoulder dress, holding a fan (supposedly Jenny Lind).
Credit Line 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number 
1945.215
Marks 
printed adhesive label: on reverse: "53"
Gallery Label 
This scrimshaw whale's tooth supposedly depicts Jenny Lind, a famous mid-19th century singer known as the "Swedish nightingale."
Provenance 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group