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Scrimshaw The employment of whale teeth originally emerged in the form of tools that sailors would forge from the excess bones of the whales they harvested, and emerged as an art form secondarily when sailors would carve designs in their spare time in the early 1800s.

Scrimshaw – Antique Whale’s Tooth Art

Scrimshaw The employment of whale teeth originally emerged in the form of tools that sailors would forge from the excess bones of the whales they harvested, and emerged as an art form secondarily when sailors would carve designs in their spare time in the early 1800s.

This is a large whales tooth scrimshawed by Robert Spring,  from the painting by Thomas Birch done in 1813, of the navel battle between the USS United States & the British  HMS Macedonian on Oct. 25, 1812.  The United States won and took control of the Macedonian, she was later commissioned as the USS Macedonian in the US Navy.

This is a large whales tooth scrimshawed by Robert Spring, from the painting by Thomas Birch done in 1813, of the navel battle between the USS United States & the British HMS Macedonian on Oct. 25, 1812. The United States won and took control of the Macedonian, she was later commissioned as the USS Macedonian in the US Navy.

TWO BROTHERS   Scrimshaw on 5” sperm whale tooth -  built in 1816, refitted as whaler in 1831 in New Bedford MA and worked until 1864.  New Bedford Whaling Museum.

TWO BROTHERS Scrimshaw on 5” sperm whale tooth - built in 1816, refitted as whaler in 1831 in New Bedford MA and worked until 1864. New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Scrimshaw (detail) of The HMS Agamemnon and USNS Niagara laying Atlantic cable in 1858, from the History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy

Scrimshaw (detail) of The HMS Agamemnon and USNS Niagara laying Atlantic cable in 1858, from the History of the Atlantic Cable & Submarine Telegraphy

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