Antique Scrimshaw Whale Tooth with Captain & Bark CAMBRIA

Antique Scrimshaw Whale Tooth with Captain & Bark CAMBRIA

$3,200.00

Antique Scrimshaw Whale Tooth with Portrait of Captain Henry A. Pease and Image of the Whaling Bark CAMBRIA, circa 1870s, a Sperm Whale tooth engraved with shoulder length portrait of whaling captain Henry A. Pease, Jr. of New Bedford (active: 1851 – 1879).

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Antique Scrimshaw Whale Tooth with Portrait of Captain Henry A. Pease and Image of the Whaling Bark CAMBRIA, circa 1870s, a Sperm Whale tooth engraved with 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 a larboard side view of the Whaling Bark CAMBRIA under full sail beneath billowing clouds, above a scrolled banner with legend “Whaling Bark Cambria.”

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 CAMBRIA was actually built in Pennsylvania in 1826, bark-rigged and then converted to a ship-rig, and sailed on nine whaling voyages out of New Bedford between 1830 and 1862. Captain Pease was thus the master on her final two voyages. While this scrimshaw may have been done during one of those voyages, stylistically the work has the feel of a little later in that century.

The artwork remains in strong, bold coloration. The tooth is in good condition, but does have age cracks; nevertheless the tooth remains in strong and stable condition.

This sailor’s folk art scrimshaw is engraved on the tooth of a sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), is well over 100 years old, is fully compliant with the Endangered Species Act (1973) and Marine Mammal Protection Act (1972), and is completely legal for interstate commerce under federal law.

Measures: 5-1/2 in L x 2-1/2 in W x 1-1/4 in Deep

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