Whale's tooth

Whale's tooth
Title
Whale's tooth
Date 
1900-1945
Medium 
Tooth; plaster
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 5.4 x 8.3 x 13.3 cm )
Description 
Scrimshaw whale's 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