19th Century Cape Cod Sperm Whale Tooth Polychrome Scrimshaw Decoration

Presented is a wonderful 19th century sperm whale tooth covered with the old polychrome scrimshaw type decoration. The front of the tooth has a scene of a young lady with roses and other flowers all around her. The inscription above and below reads, ‘Cape Cod’. The back of the tooth is decorated with a bird perched on a branch. There is a name inscribed on the side of the piece, but it is difficult to make out, clearly there are two initials followed by periods and then the last name. Please see the third photo to discern for yourself. The decoration is sort of roughly done, but overall the piece is nicely made. It was likely done by a sailor.

The tooth is in great condition overall. There is any split at the tip as you can see in the photographs, but the piece is structurally sound. The split sort of looks like a mouth and when you view this piece in side profile that looks like a dolphin or killer whale. There are no breaks and no repairs.

The tooth is 6 3/4 inches long and 2 inches wide.

This piece is absolutely genuine and well over 100 years old, circa 1840 to 1860.

The weight is 386 grams.

Item ID: 32974

$700 USD

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