Antique Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting the Whaling Bark “Cambria” and Capt. Henry A. Pease, Jr.

Antique Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting the Whaling Bark “Cambria” and Capt. Henry A. Pease, Jr.

$3,200.00

Antique Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting the Whaling Bark “Cambria” and Capt. Henry A. Pease, mid to late 19th Century, a Sperm Whale tooth engraved with a shoulder length portrait of Whaling Captain Henry A. Pease Jr. of New Bedford (active: 1851 – 1879); the reverse with an engraved larboard side view of the Whaling Bark “Cambria” under full sail beneath billowing clouds.

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Antique Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting the Whaling Bark “Cambria” and Capt. Henry A. Pease, Jr., Late 19th Century, a Sperm Whale tooth engraved with a shoulder length portrait of Whaling Captain Henry A. Pease Jr. of New Bedford (active: 1851 – 1879) within an oval reserve with stars and the legend “Capt. Henry A. Pease”; the reverse with an engraved larboard side view of the Whaling Bark “Cambria” under full sail beneath billowing clouds, above a scrolled banner inscribed “Whaling Bark Cambria.”

The tooth is in good condition but does have a tight crack on each side; the cracks extend into the images but are not wide enough to detract from the artwork. Significantly, the cracks are not loaded with ink as would happen if the engraving was newly done on an old tooth with pre-existing cracks. Likewise the rough areas in the natural grooves around the base that were not entirely polished away by the sailor prior to scrimshanding bear only their natural patina and do not betray signs of re-inking.

Captain Henry A. Pease Jr. sailed out of New Bedford, master of the Ship “Menkar (1851 – 1854), the Ship “Cambria” (1854 – 1858) and 1858 – 1862), and the Bark “Mattapoisett” (1878 – 1879). The Ship “Cambria” was actually built in Pennsylvania in 1826, and sailed on nine whaling voyages out of New Bedford between 1830 and 1862. Captain Pease was thus the last master of the “Cambria” on her final two voyages. While this tooth may have been scrimshanded during this period, stylistically the work has the feel of that done later in the second half of the 19th Century. Scrimshaw bearing the name of a specific whaling vessel is scarce, and that bearing an image of an identified whaling captain is quite rare. This is a well done, attractive and very desirable piece of antique scrimshaw.

This antique piece of sailor’s scrimshaw was etched on a tooth from a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus), dates from the mid 19th Century, and is fully compliant with the provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and is legal under Federal Law for trade within the United States (except in those few states that have enacted prohibitions contrary to national law).

Measure: 5-1/2 in L x 2-3/8 in W x 1-1/4 in Thick

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