Scrimshaw Whale Panbone Yardstick, Inlayed Baleen Divisions
Actual Yardstick for Measuring Yard Goods
Eighteenth or Nineteenth Century (Probably Early)
Calibrated (marked) in half, quarter, and eighth
One of the earliest manifestations of whalemen's scrimshaw, produced from the late 18th century to the last quarter of the 19th centuries. See Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum by Stuart M. Frank.
Ships Bell Rope, Sailors Knotwork, Red, White, Turquoise, and Black Paint
Late 19th Century
The ships bell was important, and a symbol of pride taken by her crew, this functional ornament is a successful effort of tapered form crafted by expert knotters. The rarely encountered piece features manrope, Turk's head, shroud, bend knots and more. Paint probably freshened during period of use.
Scrimshaw, Whaling Scene, Portraits, Panoply of Arms, Urn of Flowers, Harpoons and Flags, Walrus Tusk, Finely Rendered
Late 19th or Early 20th Century - SOLD
643-2 - SOLD
Whalebone Scrimshaw Carved
Needle Holder...in shape of pistol
19th Century - SOLD
With threaded barrel for long sail-maker's sewing needles.
A nearly identical example is published on page 116 of Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders-Whalers and Whalemen by Norm Flayderman. The tip of hammer-thumb-piece is missing with all else fine. (Length: 8".)
492-60 - SOLD
Elaborate Sailor Rope-Work
First-Half 20th century
Rope macrame frame, seven rows ending in oval mat around oil painting of ship under full sail with trees in foreground, beneath painting is a macrame lover's knot, four strips of macrame from each corner to the mat have painted macrame rosettes mounted on them and there is a similar rosette at the top of the frame, mounted onto a wooden backing covered with heavy canvas. (24.5" x 21" overall.)
A Fine Swift
Whale Bone and Whale Ivory Mounts
This 19th century example is beautifully crafted of mahogany and ebony; all pieces including the outstanding barrel clamp mount are beautifully turned. The bone and ivory shaft collars and shaft clamp are also turned and carved. Overall length: 28.25".
Compass in Painted Box
Found in New York State
Circa 1840 - SOLD
The painted case with wire-hinged lid is in wonderful surface. This non-commercial effort features radial lines laid out by hand, with compass points cut from printed document and applied...the vane retains bluing. In excellent condition, measuring 1.5" H, 4" W and 3.5" D.
424-35 - SOLD
Ex Paul and Margaret Weld Collection
Green, blue, black and red decoration against chrome yellow; the turned dish finial with molded decoration painted red, yellow and green.
Dimensions: 22.5" high, 23-inch diameter.
Carved Crochet Hook
Dimensions: 7.25" long.