Overall: 2 3/4 x 9 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 7 x 23.5 x 4.4 cm )
Scrimshaw whale's tooth. One side depicts the "S.S. Stafford". The other side is inscribed in ink: "Ship Swift New Bedford/Capt Worth/30 months out "On the Line" June 17 1860/This day took an 80 barrel "Sperm Whare" from whose jaw this tooth was taken/Presented by Capt Worth to Herman Melville/author of Typee & Omoo & by hum to E.S. Doolittle Jan 1867".
Gift of Miss Louise Gilder
inscribed: "Ship Swift New Bedford/ Capt. Worth/ 30 months out on the Line June 17, 1860/ This day took an 80 barrel Sperm whale from whose jaw this tooth was taken/ Presented to Herman Melville/ author of Typee & Omoo& by him to E.S. Doolittle Jan 1867-"; on reverse: "S.S. Stayton"
This is a twentieth-century fake, probably made with the intent to deceive.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.