Thu, 17th Jul 2008 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art (Phoenix)

 
  Lot 40
 

40

An unusual 19th century American sailor work...

An unusual 19th century American sailor work scrimshaw-decorated marine ivory and baleen model of a ditty box
the body carved from a whale's tooth root, plugged with wood and incised and carved overall with a whaler, cornucopias and interlocking 'joints', the baleen lid incised with a basket of flowers, secured to a wooden stopper carved with a lover's heart flanked 'S N', with bone handle

2½ x 3¼in. (6.5 x 8.3cm.)

Sold for £372
Estimated at £400 - £600

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


 
An unusual 19th century American sailor work scrimshaw-decorated marine ivory and baleen model of a ditty box
the body carved from a whale's tooth root, plugged with wood and incised and carved overall with a whaler, cornucopias and interlocking 'joints', the baleen lid incised with a basket of flowers, secured to a wooden stopper carved with a lover's heart flanked 'S N', with bone handle

2½ x 3¼in. (6.5 x 8.3cm.)