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Catalog Number DEC.015a
Title Scrimshawed Sperm Whale Teeth
Artist unknown
Date n.d.
Description Sperm whale tooth with scrimshaw (reddish brown and black ink); BW/I of a little girl on one side holding a flower with the inscription underneath "The Only Daughter" and above "FS" and on the other side a woman.

Two sperm whale teeth with scrimshaw of three women and one little girl
Object Name Scrimshaw
Material Sperm Whale Teeth
Dimensions W-22.86 L-58.42 cm
Credit line n.d.
Provenance Gift of Capt. B.J. Totten
Inscription Type Inscription
Inscription Technique Etched
Inscription Location Top of tooth
Inscriptions and Marks F. S.
The Only Daughter
Collection Decorative Arts
People Benjamin J. Totten, Capt.
Notes Display notes:
Scrimshawed Sperm Whale Teeth

Typically, a scrimshaw pictures such as these are traced from images published as fashion plates in mainstream magazines like Harper's New Monthly and Godey's Lady's Book. This is one of the oldest scrimshaw gifts in a public collection, predated by three gifts to the East India Marine Society (now Peabody Essex Museum of Salem) circa 1830

Donated by Capt. Benjamin Totten, 1862