Whale's tooth

Title:
Whale's tooth
Date: 
1900-1945
Medium: 
Ivory, plaster, ink
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 5.4 x 8.3 x 13.3 cm )
Description: 
Scrimshawed whale tooth with etched decoration on two sides; one side with side view of American clipper ship "The Lightning" under sail, the other with front view of American clipper ship "Nightingale" under sail; image of Nightingale surrounded by wreath of leaves etched in green. Tooth filled with plaster and rough edge filed flat.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
Object Number: 
1945.270
Marks: 
engraved: on obverse, in banner: "THE LIGHTNING" engraved: on reverse, in banner: "NIGHTINGALE"
Provenance: 
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group