|Title||Scrimshawed Sperm Whale Teeth|
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
|Material||Sperm Whale Teeth|
|Dimensions||W-22.86 L-58.42 cm|
|Provenance||Gift of Capt. B.J. Totten|
|Inscription Location||Top of tooth|
|Inscriptions and Marks||
The Only Daughter
Benjamin J. Totten, Capt.
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