19th Century Scrimshaw

Combining passion and the insights sharpened by decades as a respected maritime arts specialist, with solid network of relationships among leading Scrimshaw aficionados, Rafael Osona regularly uncovers absolutely stunning treasures in the field of 19th Century scrimshaw.

Our Galleries have presented numerous collections of 19th C. scrimshaw and whaling artifacts including the collections of Barbara Johnson, William Coffin, Fred Gardner, Bill Dinges, William Boylhart and others.  Having offered prized Frederick Myrick Susan’s teeth, a Ceres B artisan tooth, a pair of banknote engraver teeth, seagull tooth, pie crimpers, swifts, baskets, ditty boxes, private walking stick collections, busks and the likes; as well as Prisoner-of-War ship models, spinning jennies and game boxes, Rafael Osona Auctions consistently delivers the best material available to the most discerning collectors.

  • 19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Panbone Section Plaque

    SOLD FOR $5,400

    19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Panbone Section Plaque, circa 1840, a two-tier pictorial of two fully rigged ships on the open sea above a large portrait of a similar merchant ship approaching l and within a faint double line border. mounted in a custom reeded frame with gilt stars in each corner.
    6 in. x 7 ½ in.

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  • 19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $7,200

    19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, circa 1840, engraved throughout with an American fully rigged ship above the seal of the United States and an eagle holding a “Liberty ~ Constitution” banner in its beak, above a gentleman’s portrait flanked by cornucopias and American flags; the verso with a single leaf flower above a whaler cutting in and two whalers, whale and two whaleboats on the water. Sawtooth borders at the base of the tooth; Between the scenes is a sailing ship with her stunsail set sailing toward the viewer above a spouting sperm whale, the outer tooth’s edge with a foliate vine.
    Height 5 ½ in.

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  • Highly Important and Desirable Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, attributed to T. L. Albro

    SOLD FOR $102,000

    Highly Important and Desirable Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, circa 1838, attributed to the master scrimshander T. L. Albro. Deeply engraved one one side with at detailed whale ship cutting in with a whale alongside, whalemen on deck and on crow’s next exclaiming “there she blows,” interrupting the phrase “View of Cutting a Sperm Whale” — “A Whale Spout” above the horizon with spout on waterline. To the left of the stern is a mountain range and ships in the distance. Above is engraved “Eoua Isl.,” and latitude and longitude and a sun with a face. The reverse engraved with a ship in full sail and a figure in the crow’s nest. The phrase “View of a Sperm Whale just harpooned – Ship John Coggeshall of Newport, RI” above an active whaling scene of whale and three long boats, a spout on the horizon. On the bottom edge of the tooth between the scenes is a fine full portrait of a sperm whale with a double fluke harpoon and the phrase, “A Large Sperm Whale Will Make 100lbs Oil.”
    Length 7 ¾ in.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Carved Whale Ivory and Whalebone Walking Sticks

    SOLD FOR $10,200
    Sailor Carved Whale Ivory Fist Walking Stick, 19th century, a massive detailed carved fist atop a hardwood shaft inlaid with alternating whale ivory and baleen triangles at the collar, and two abalone dot inlays below.
    Length 41 ¼ in.

    Provenance: The Howland Family of New Bedford

    SOLD FOR $7,200
    Sailor Carved Whale Ivory and Whalebone Architectural Walking Stick, mid 19th century, octagonal shaped grip with red sealing wax circular inlay at the top, the shaft carved of a single piece of whalebone.
    Length 37 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Howland Family of New Bedford

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  • Two 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Whalebone Corset Busks

    SOLD FOR $480

    Sailor Scrimshaw Whalebone Corset Busk, mid 19th Century, inscribed and inked in black with geometric motifs and jardinière issuing blossoming vine centering script initials “B.K.W.” Length 14 ½ in.

    Provenance: Ex-E. Ham Collection, Nantucket
    Sam Sylvia, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Ivory Pie Crimper Handle of Dove Form

    SOLD FOR $3,960

    Ivory Pie Crimper Handle of Dove Form, 19th century, elegantly stylized emblem of love, with brass rivets, lacks jagging wheel.
    Length 5 ½ in.

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  • 19th Century Carved and Turned Whalebone and Satinwood Clock Stand,

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Carved and Turned Whalebone and Satinwood Clock Stand, 19th century, rectangular with scalloped apron on turned legs.
    Height 3 in. Length 14 ¼ in. Width 7 ¼ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 14 August 1993 Lot 46
    Ex-Barbara Johnson Collection
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Extremely Rare and Fine 19th Century “Map Tooth” Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $48,000

    Extremely Rare and Fine “Map Tooth” Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, American, mid 19th century, delicately incised in exquisite detail with map and chart of New Bedford Harbor, Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands, depicted center is a whaling ship’s return to port, showing its plotted course verso with an action filled whaling scene, a ship and four boats (one stove) hunt amidst a pod of whales spewing red-inked blood.
    Length 7 ½ in.

    Provenance: Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

    Literature: Illustrated p. 2 and 60 of : E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972.

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  • 19th Century Scrimshaw Decorated Mahogany and Mother-of-Pearl Parquetry Box

    SOLD FOR $1,800

    Scrimshaw Decorated Mahogany and Mother-of-Pearl Parquetry Box, 19th century, rectangular with hinged top, inlaid with baleen, whalebone and abalone motifs and stringing overall, the front centered by a scrimshanded whale ivory plaquette engraved and inked in red and black with “Triumph of Love”. Height 4 ¾ in. Length 12 in. Width 8 ¼ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 19 August 1995 Lot 69
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Rare 19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Rare Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, mid 19th century, ribbon tied ivory staves on turned ivory standard with cup finial, whalebone shaft and ivory clamp with two screw peg fasteners, mounted to a modern rosewood stand. Overall Height 12 in. Diameter of Base 5 in.

    Provenance: The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $2,500

    Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, with tortoiseshell inlaid handle, three-tine fork and five baleen spacers.
    Length 8 in.

    Provenance: Paul Madden, Sandwich, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $3,900

    Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, fluted shaft, stepped square wheel mount and terminal with abalone inlaid dot, delicate wheel. Length 6 in.

    Provenance: Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Architectural Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $7,200

    Architectural Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, polyhedron terminal with abalone inlay and pivoting ring handle.
    Length 6 ¾ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 7 August 1999, Lot 275

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $600

    Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, crown terminal, half round handle pierced with two hearts and a lozenge.
    Length 6 ½ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 16 August 1997, Lot 19

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Fist and Cuff and Grasping Hand Whale Ivory and Whalebone Canes

    SOLD FOR $3,120
    Fist and Cuff Whale Ivory and Rosewood Cane, 19th century, carved ivory finial, baleen separator, octagonal tapering upper shaft with alternate ivory and rosewood sections, transitioning into a circular rosewood lower shaft, with ivory tip.
    Length 36 ¼ in.
    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auction, Nantucket, MA 07 August 1993

    SOLD FOR $1,200
    Grasping Hand Whale Ivory and Whalebone Cane, 19th century, rivet fastened knob carved as a right hand gripping a baton detailed with a five pointed and six pointed star at opposite ends, tapered octagonal upper shaft with three baleen separators and a plaited baleen collar, whalebone shaft tapers to round, lacks metal tip.
    Length 32 ¾ in.
    Provenance: Sotheby’s New York 17 June 2004

    Both Canes from the Carol and Stephen Memishian 19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Inuit Carved Walrus Ivory Shaman Chain

    SOLD FOR $3,300

    Inuit Carved Walrus Ivory Shaman Chain, Northwest Alaska, mid to late 19th century, comprising 32 links, the first carved to resemble a whale’s head and the last a tail, all carved from a single walrus tusk, on contemporary stand.
    Length 32 in.

    Note: Chains like this were used as charms by native Alaskan whalers and were often seen attached to baleen cups made to give whales their first drink of water after being caught, a common ritual practice in the coastal Alaskan areas which relied heavily on whaling.

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  • Pair of Mid-19th Century “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $48,000

    Pair of Mid-19th Century “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Teeth, incised and inked recto with framed oval reserves of lovely young women, verso with harbor scenes, one depicting two three-masted ships anchored before a town, the other shows an American ship entering a foreign port, the national flags inked in blue and red.
    Length 6 ¾ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, circa 1840, large broad tooth, recto with a portrait of a pensive lady seated at a table with an open book wearing a formal dress with puffed sleeves, curly hair and a pair of bracelets, within an elaborate oval geometric frame, an engraved foliate garland encircles the tooth’s tip, a geometric and foliate engraving encircles the base, verso with a simple floral bouquet.
    Height 6 ½ in.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $4,500

    19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Tooth, circa 1830-1850, French war ship with cannons at the lighthouse, the verso with sailor pointing and holding a saber by an American Flag standing on a castellated rampart.
    Height 7 ¾ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, 1997, Lot 408

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  • Sailor’s Folk Art Toy Whalebone Mounted Wheelbarrow, mid 19th Century

    SOLD FOR $5,400

    Sailor’s Folk Art Toy Whalebone Mounted Wheelbarrow, mid 19th century, shaped oak box on frame with carved whalebone braces, cleats, and ferrules, iron bound wheel with mahogany spokes inserting into turned whalebone hub, brass axles held by whalebone sockets.
    Height 9 ¼ in. Length 31 in. Width 14 ½ in.

    Exhibitions: Smithsonian Institute,
    Mystic Seaport Museum

    Provenance:
    Barbara Johnson Collection,
    Sotheby’s September 25, 1982
    Catalog lot 533

    Rafael Osona Auctions August 7, 1999
    Catalog lot 144

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Whalebone Inlaid Rosewood Cutlery Box

    SOLD FOR $3,600

    Whalebone Inlaid Rosewood Cutlery Box, 19th century, of rectangular form with carrying handle flanked by two hinged covers, inlaid with eating utensils and opening over a tapered case.
    Height 17 ¾ in. Length 15 in. Width 10 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Rafael Osona Auctions
    August 19, 1995, Lot 75

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $1,440

    19th Century Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, turned and scribed cup, pan and ring above a single bone cage on a bone shaft. The clenched fist clamp carved from a single whale’s tooth, the support ring and screw knob with red scribe lines.
    Overall Length 17 in. Length of Staves 10 in.

    Provenance:
    Sam Sylvia, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $4,800
    19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, turned spire top cup finial above a single bone cage with ivory and bone shaft supported on a multi-turned and polychromed ivory section and clamp.
    Overall Length 20 ¾ in. Length of Staves 8 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Paul Madden, Sandwich, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Large Fine “Fanny Campbell” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $18,000

    Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting “Fanny Campbell The Female Pirate Captain“, American, 19th century, Engraved and inked in polychrome, the celebrated corsair is portrayed in plumed hat, waisted coat over pantaloons, two pistols in her belt, a cutlass in her right hand and a skull & crossbones flag in her left, the verso depicts an American frigate, all further embellished with leafy branches above and below.
    Height 8 ½ in.


    Note: The image of Fanny Campbell is based on the cover illustration of the book of the same name, published Boston, 1845, a boxed copy of “Fanny Campbell, The Female Pirate Captain” accompanies this lot.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Baleen “Garden of Eden” Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Baleen “Garden of Eden” Pie Crimper, 19th century, serpent handle, star centered zigzag jagging wheel, and with the unusual addition of a pastry template intaglio carved with head on leafy stem (recto) and tulip (verso).
    Length 7 ½ in. Width 4 ½ in.

    Note: Apparently carved from a single tooth, though interrupted by separators.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Sailor Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, 19th century, recto stipple engraved with a fashionable beauty beside a fountain of classical inspiration, attended by a flying dove, all below a blossoming rose, verso with an American frigate, a Federal eagle above, on a wood stand.
    Length 6 ½ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome and Rivet Decorated Whalebone Busk

    SOLD FOR $600

    Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome and Rivet Decorated Whalebone Busk, American, 19th century, engraved with a Federal eagle spread winged above initials “A. H.”, a frigate and the Boston State House, within copper rivet border and heart and star motifs, respectively, at the ends.
    Length 12 ½ in. Width 2 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $3,900

    Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth, 19th century, each engraved recto with a large bird atop a tree stump, amidst luxuriant leafy branches, her companion flies overhead, verso swan swims on placid water, flanked by overreaching slender trees, mounted together on a rectangular wood plinth.
    Length 6 ¼ in. and 6 ½ in.

    Provenance:
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Made Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    Sailor Made Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, pierce carved handle with red wax stringing, two-tine fork, Greek key edged wheel centered by a mariner’s star.
    Length 10 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $30,000

    Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth, 19th century, engraved with a French and a British frigate, respectively, each beneath a crescent moon and three mariner’s stars, on rosewood stands.
    Length 4 ½ in. and 4 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Paul Madden, Sandwich, Massachusetts
    Barbara Johnson (Vol. IV, lot 106, 16 Dec. 1983)
    Purported found on Martha’s Vineyard

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

    Exhibited:
    Smithsonian Institution
    U.S. Capitol Building

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  • Exceedingly Rare and Sophisticated 19th Century Polychrome Scrimshaw Walrus Ivory and Baleen Busk

    SOLD FOR $51,000

    Exceedingly Rare and Sophisticated Polychrome Scrimshaw Walrus Ivory and Baleen Busk, mid 19th century, finely executed by a highly skilled artisan, the double arched top scribed with amatory motifs (torch, bow and arrows, billing doves) and conjoined hearts inlay of baleen above four engraved pictorial registers depicting a British warship between two fashionable beauties and flower filled urn, engraved overall with stylized floral garlands. The baleen verso engraved with five registers, viz., a fashionable beauty centering depictions of warships and flower filled urns.
    Length 14 ½ in. Width 1 ¾ in.

    Provenance:
    Skinner, Bolton, MA 06 February, 1994 Lot 56

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Nantucket Caldwell Family Whalebone and Whale Ivory Swift

    SOLD FOR $4,800

    Nantucket Caldwell Family Whalebone and Whale Ivory Swift, mid 19th century, turned and scribed steeple top carved of a single tooth above a ruffle, tortoise diamond collar, multi-piece ivory shaft with baleen and tortoiseshell inlays, two further tortoiseshell diamond collars, an unusual whale ivory clamp of double stylized fluke form with tortoiseshell inlay and polyhedron screw, and terminating in a turned grip. The double whalebone cage with multi-color silk ribbon ties, copper rivets and with parallel scribe lines.
    Overall Length 25 in. Length of Staves 10 in.

    Provenance: Sam Sylvia, Nantucket

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th C. Sailor Made Whalebone and Baleen Swift on Mahogany Sewing Stand

    Fine 19th Century Sailor Made Whalebone and Baleen Swift on Mahogany Three-Tier Sewing Stand with four thread openings and two drawers
    Height 18 ½ in.

    Sold for $7,475.00

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  • Fancy Sailor Made Inlaid and Polychrome Scrimshaw Swift, circa 1850

    Fancy Sailor Made Inlaid and Polychromed Double Scrimshaw Swift, circa 1850, known as the Baroque swift, one of 3 by this hand to date. The 2nd in a private collection and the 3rd at the New Bedford Whaling Museum and illustrated on page 278-279 in Stuart Frank’s “Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum”. Among the three, this swift is the only one with dot inlaid ribs. The top turned finial unscrews to accommodate a wood ball to rest on the cup, whale ivory clasp, cup finial. Original green stained fitted box.

    Sold for $57,120.00

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Oval Panbone Ditty Box, circa 1830

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Ditty Box, circa 1830,
    pine top and bottom, both wrapped in panbone, the box with 2 long gooseneck laps. Wraparound polychrome engraving of a budding floral vine.
    Height 2 ¾ in. x 5 ¼ in. x 4 in.

    Sold for $13,090.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830,
    Honduras mahogany top inlaid with an ivory oval surrounded by 2 bands of baleen and ivory diamonds and wrapped in panbone with 2 circular laps. The box wrapped in a single piece of panbone joined by 4 lollipops, spikes and cut out circles with copper rivets. Height 2 ¾ in. x 7 in. x 5 ¼ in.

    Sold for $11,900

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830,
    the lid with inlaid rosewood star within an ivory and wood wreath and wrapped in panbone, the base wrapped with a single piece of panbone and joined with 3 finger laps.
    Height 3 in. x 8 ¼ in. x 6 in.

    Sold for $11,900

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Inlaid Ditty Box, circa 1830,
    multiwood wood star and diamond inlaid top with two finger laps ending in lollipop ends, the box with pine base and 5 finger laps.
    Height 2 ½ in. x 7 in. x 5 ¼ in.

    Sold for $13,090.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Ditty Box, circa 1840

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Ditty Box, circa 1840,
    the wood cover inlaid with 66 pieces of mother of pearl, ivory, 5 types of tropical woods and wrapped with panbone. The box wrapped with a single piece of panbone joined by 5 scalloped laps.
    Height 4 in. x 8 in. x 6 in.

    Sold for $14,280.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Ditty Box, circa 1840

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Ditty Box, circa 1840,
    oval form with tropical woods inlaid top with conforming engraved panbone band of squares within line borders. The engraved panbone body depicts a brig under sail, expansive cathedral, Greek style structure with trees and a church. Height 5 ½ in. x 9 ½ in. x 7 ¼ in.

    Sold for $35,700.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Basket, circa 1840

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Basket, circa 1840,
    pine bottom wrapped with a single piece of panbone, carved with two rows of interlocking circles and a scalloped rim and a stationary handle.
    Height 3 in. x 6 ¾ in. x 5 ¼ in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Swing Handle Basket, circa 1830

    Sailor Made Scrimshaw Panbone Swing Handle Basket, circa 1830,
    pine oval bottom wrapped with a single piece of panbone, carved with interlocking circles and dot arched rim, the swing bone handle carved in diamonds, circles and dots attached by rivets. The handle is scrimshawed with initials “D.M.P.” , a fine example of 19th C. Scrimshaw
    Height 2 ½ in. x 8 in. x 5 ¼ in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Nantucket Scrimshaw Panbone Oval Covered Box, circa 1840

    Sailor Made Nantucket Pierced Panbone Oval Covered Box, circa 1840, mahogany top with an interlocking circle panbone band on a conforming box of a single piece of bone having arches, diamonds, triangles, half rounds, spikes and interlocking circles. Note: the base was never riveted to the box as is with all the other baskets and boxes of this style. The elaborate carved rim, which is concealed when covered, leads us to believe this was designed for multi-purpose use, a fine example of 19th C. Scrimshaw.
    Height 4 ½ in. x 10 ¼ in. x 7 in.

    Sold for $10,115.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Nantucket Scrimshaw Panbone Basket, circa 1840

    Sailor Made Nantucket Pierced Panbone Swing Handle Oval Basket, circa 1840,
    cherry bottom wrapped with panbone having interlocking circles with arches and spikes, handle attached with a rivet, a fine example of 19th C. Scrimshaw
    Height 2 ¼ in. x 6 ½ in x 4 ¾ in.

    Sold for $15,470.00

    A similar basket by the same hand and similar size sold at Rafael Osona’s Auctions on August 1, 2009, lot 98.

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Sailor Made Nantucket Scrimshaw Panbone Swing Handle Basket, circa 1850

    Sailor Made Nantucket Pierced Panbone Swing Handle Oval Basket, circa 1850,
    pine wood bottom wrapped with a single piece of panbone, cut with interlocking circles and dots and swing handle attached by rivet, a fine example 19th C. Scrimshaw.
    Height 4 in. x 10 ¼ in. x 6 ½ in.

    Sold for $17,850.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Very Fine American Polychromed Busk, Exceptionally Large Whalebone Pie Crimper

    Very Fine American Polychromed Busk, circa 1830, seven panels and initials “L.C.S”, all within a contrasting block boarder depicting a full portrait of a lady with apron, child on a swing, mermaid, American flag and eagle, a blooming flower pot, square rigged ship, trees.  Length 12 in.  Sold for $5,220.00

    Exceptionally Large Whalebone Pie Crimper, circa 1870, carved of a solid piece of bone with turned handle and flat square wafers ending in a polyhedron knob, and 3” zigzag wheel.  Total Length 11 in.  Sold for $9,860.00

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  • Scrimshaw Whalebone Busk, circa 1840

    Engraved with town scenes, sailor and wife, dog, stars and ships.  Length 14 in.  Provenance: William Boylhart Collection.

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  • Sailor Made Whale Ivory Inlaid Walking Stick, Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Wood Inlaid Walking Stick, Sailor Made Wood and Ivory Walking Stick circa 1870

    Sailor Made Whale Ivory Inlaid Walking Stick, circa 1860, ivory knob grip on an upper shaft of 24 ivory and baleen sections and additional spade and dot inlays, the lower tropical wood shaft ending in an ivory ferrule.  Length 36 ¼ in. Sold for $3,627.00

    Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Wood Inlaid Walking Stick, circa 1860, turned ivory mushroom grip with abalone disk inlay on a rosewood shaft with 24 ivory diamond inlays. Length 34 in.  Sold for $3,393.00

    Sailor Made Wood and Ivory Walking Stick circa 1870, rosewood paneled bulb grip with silver inlaid top on a carved and polychrome ring, 9-sections of varying woods and ivory on a wood shaft with bone ferrule.  Length 38 ¼ in.  Sold for $2,457.00

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  • Important Carved And Inlaid Whale Ivory And Whalebone Walking Stick, Circa 1830

    SOLD FOR $71,920.00 August 6, 2011. A carved Ivory Fist Clenching a snake coiled about the hand and wrist, with inlaid eyes and extended forked tongue; above carved and chamfered tortoise shell inlaid long panels, the octagonal whalebone shaft inlaid about half way down with abalone, mother of pearl, tortoise shell and wax with seven baleen spacers.  A Captain’s walking stick by the same hand, from the Barbara Johnson Collection, sold in the Osona Auction Room, August 13, 1994 Lot #147, setting a world record at the time of $49,000.

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  • Miniature Prisoner-of-War Bone Ship Model, circa 1800-1810

    Planked and pinned hull, 16 brass guns, horse hair and textile rigging, planked bone base with lattice gallery.  Model:  Height 10 in. Length 11 in. Width 4 in.  Case:  Height 12 in. Length 15 ½ in. Width 8 in.

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  • Napoleonic Prisoner-of-War Bone Ship Model, circa 1811

    A small model of a 78 gun ship-of-the-line, planked and pinned hull with baleen wales, bone gun carriages, polychrome and finely carved stern on a carved wood base with bone turned parts and nails and glass dome case. Model Height 10 in. Length 11 in. Depth 3 ½ in.

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  • Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, circa 1830

    Delicate turned ivory cup above a large single whalebone cage with an animal head open mouth clamp and carved reclining dog on back side and fine clenched fist nut.  Height 17 in.  Provenance:  Descended in the Swain Family to the Present Owner.

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  • Nantucket Whale Ivory, Bone, Silver, Tortoise and Wood Swift, circa 1830

    Tiger wood shaft supports a simple single bone reeded cage.  The cup inlaid with silver dots delicately turned throughout with tortoise rings.  The barrel form clamp of turned ivory inlaid with a sawtooth border of tortoise, dot inlays of silver and abalone with blank nameplate.  Height 17 ½ in.  Provenance:   Descended in the Swain Family to Present Owner.

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  • Rare Whale Ivory And Whalebone Swift On Stand, Circa 1850

    Carved and turned ivory cup, fittings and base, with bone shaft and 160 reeded staves and the outer cage with additional dot and line piercing at each end with carved flame tips, supported on a hexagonal shaped and stepped wood base.  Height 17 ½ in.

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  • Fine Whalebone Inlaid Ditty box, circa 1840

    The lid inlaid with abalone and ivory hearts and diamonds and stars.

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  • Exceptionally Rare And Unique “Sarah Coffin” Whalebone Ruler, circa 1819

    The length of which is covered with pin scrimshaw work of animals, houses, plants, ships, sperm whale, anchor, and heart; 28 expressions in all.  Length 35 ¾ in.

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  • Exquisite Fine Whalebone and Wood Knitting Basket, circa 1850

    Forty-eight matched cut, pierced, and shaped bone ribs, crossed and flaring up from a star inlaid circular wood base, banded by whalebone rings and two whalebone bands. Height 5 ½ in. Diameter 10 in.

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  • Rare Nantucket Pierced Whalebone Swing Handle Basket, circa 1850

    Pine oval bottom with a conforming interlocking circles basket carved from a single piece of pan-bone and a swing handle attached with rivets.  Height 3 in. Width 4 in. Length 7 ¼ in.

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  • Nantucket Whale Ivory, Tortoise, Abalone and Wood Spool Caddy, circa 1838

    Silver stud inlay and red wax scribe lines, once belonged to or was carved by Reuben Chase, Nantucket, Master Mariner, October 16, 1838.  Accompanied by original bill of sale.  Height 5 ½ in.

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  • Sailor Made Inlaid Knife Tray, circa 1840

    28 inlays of whale ivory, 343 inlays of light and dark hardwoods; the front and rear have inlaid ivory knives and forks with ebony handles; the center has hearts and initials “E.C.” in red sealing wax; the reverse has 2 whale harpoons and 2 inlaid knives.   Provenance:  Norman Flayderman Collection, Illustrated Pg. 208 in Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, William Boylhart Collection.

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  • Exceptional Polychromed Whalebone Corset busk, circa 1840 “Whaling Grounds”

    Length 13 ½ in.

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  • Polychromed Engraved Portrait of a Full-Rugged Ship on Starboard Tack with Sails set on Calm Blue Tinted Sea, circa 1830s

    Engraved from a piece of panbone with applied gold painted theatre columns and the initials H.M in the sky.  Sold for

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  • Polychromed Scrimshawed Courting Whale Tooth, circa 1840

    Seated couple in an estate garden with lamb in foreground, cupid with arrow looking on, family of birds with their nest.  Height 7 in.

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  • Sailor Carved Whale Ivory and Bone Peace Walking Stick, circa 1860

    Carved ivory bird grip on a bone shaft with scrimshawed lines simulating sections.  L 32 ¾ in.

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  • Pair of Polychrome Scrimshaw Walrus Tusks, circa 1860

    Engraved on both sides, four full length portraits of women in elaborate formal gowns.  The reverse with four full-length portraits of fancily dressed women and four children also in fancy dress on burled bases.  Tusks H 19 ½ in.

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  • Rare Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, 1835

    Carved whale ivory butterfly thumb screw clamp and finely turned standard and cup, red wax inlaid vine, 4 stars, and Mary W. Coffin, 1835.  

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  • Frederick Myrick Scrimshawed Susan’s Tooth, February the 8th, 1829

    The ship Susan of Nantucket” within a banner above the whale ship Susan cutting in and raising the blanket, 3 longboats and 3 whales.  A spread winged eagle within a vine clutching arrows and branch wearing a shield and “E. Pluribus Unum” banner in beak.  The reverse with eagle in flight with banner “The Susan on her homeward bound passage” above the whale ship Susan approaching a lighthouse in full sail and calm water.  The tip of the tooth engraved with two American crossed flags and “UNION”, on reverse an anchor and “HOPE” above a continuous rope band wit the engraving “Engraved by Frederick Myrick on board ship Susan February the 8th 1829”.  The base with a continuous wraparound braided vine boarder.  The phrase “Death to the living  long life to the killers  Success to sailor’s wives & greasy luck to whalers”.  Length 6 ¼ in.  Provenance: The Sara Jo and Art Kobacker Collection   Sold for $139,200.00  August 4, 2012

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  • Fine Nantucket Whale Ivory And Whalebone Double Swift On Box, circa 1840

    Pin cushion cup with engraved polychrome leaf vine above turned ivory sections supporting a double bone cage rising from a two-tier octagonal star inlaid cherry and ebony box with 4 small drawers and 8 turned ivory pillars on a molded base with wood feet.  Height 18 ½ in.  Provenance:  Fred Gardner Collection.

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  • Large Polychromed French Prisoner-of-War Bone Spinning Jenny, circa 1809

    9 figures, 2 dogs on 2 straw parquetry platforms.  Spinning Jenny, violinist and 3 dancing figures, elaborate spoke wheels, gears and carriages.  Made at the Norman Cross Depot.  Height 7 in. width 4 ½ in. Depth 2 ½ in. Provenance:  The Sara Jo and Art Kobacker Collection

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  • French Prisoner-of-War Bone Model, circa 1800

    A fine large model of a 116-retractable gun ship with an elaborate carved stern and Roman soldier figurehead.  The hull and mounting board are constructed with pinned planks.  Provenance:  collection of Sara Jo and Art Kobacker; Clive Gomshall-Lloyd Collection, Illustration #93 The Lloyd Collection of Napoleonic Prisoner of War Artifacts, Pbl 1986.  Height 28 in. Length 36 in.

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