Baleen, wood, metal
Overall: 3 1/2 x 6 3/8 x 10 3/4 in. ( 8.9 x 16.2 x 27.3 cm )
Baleen cutlery or letter tray with divided compartment; exterior of sides and central divider with handle all decorated with foliate engraving; letters "M C" engraved on either side of cut-out heart in central divider; wood base and metal corner mounts.
Gift of Dr. Frederic Griffith
engraved: on either side of heart cut-out: "MC"
This tray, along with a knife and fish line reel, was made by sailors on a Norwegian whaling ship during a whaling voyage to the Ross Sea in the Antartic Ocean.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.