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Scrimshaw for a lass

Scrimshaw for a lass

Scrimshaw is the handiwork created by sailors when they cleaned, polished and decorated the bones and teeth of whales (and sometimes walruses).  This example was found during an excavation on Fishmarket Road in 1890.  It was probably carved by a sailor for his girlfriend. More about Scrimshaw and Whaling Whaling was big business in the … read more …

First posted in From Our Collection on 8th February 2013
Last updated: 13th February 2013
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