Fabulous Scrimshaw

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After quite an absence from the blog, I am back and will hopefully be able to keep up.  It’s been a busy fall season for us and is unlikely to let up anytime soon, but it’s definitely time to highlight some more of our beautiful artifacts.  One piece I came across the other day while looking up Cape Horn is an intricate scrimshaw clock holder.

It was made by a Charles B. Tobey in Cape Horn, 1819; markings which clearly be seen on the back of the piece.  The imagery on the front top shows two women, one holding a cross, the other holding an anchor and another woman with three children.  At the bottom is a man and woman holding hands under a tree.   Read more