Condition: Fine, couple short tight shrinkage fissures
Additional Information: An outstanding carving, the terminus of the tapered club
features a carved monkey head knot, also embellishing the club is a Turk’s head knot.
The wood is a dark walnut color. The club was examined by a highly respected scholar
who suggested that it was inspired by Fijian clubs. A closely related club carved of
whalebone is in the New Bedford Whaling Museum Collection.
Additional Information: Sailor’s bent bone and pine ditty box of lapped and shaped
finger construction; tiny, clinched copper wire tacks. The lid in inlaid with a star centered
by eight small square pieces of ivory.
Condition: Generally good, missing to vertical inlay strips to side; partial losses
to feet but stands and displays very well.
Additional Information: Projecting octagonal lid with applied moldings featuring a large
compass star inlayed square centered by the octagonal inlayed border. The interior is
neatly compartmentalized having eight segments centering the octagonal center
compartment. Alternating light/dark vertical inlays ornament the sides. Box retains
original hinges and lock.
Additional Information: A large, tapered pin continuing to belted-turning and
compressed ball pommel centering braided Turk’s head knot featuring twisted two-ply
green cord ornament. The Turk’s head incorporates a hanging loop.
Additional Information: Benjamin Williams Crowninshield was born on 27 Dec 1772 in
Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts, to Capt. George Crowninshield (1734
1815) and Mary Derby (1737 - 1813) and died on 3 Feb 1851 in Boston, Suffolk County,
Massachusetts, he is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County,
Massachusetts. He graduated from William and Mary College. He married Mary
Boardman (1778 - 1840) on 1 Jan 1804 in Salem, Massachusetts.
The top is fitted with a game pieces drawer and is inlaid with anchors, a chicken,
rooster, duck, and butterfly, also people and stars. Within diagonal corners are found
two small paintings, a vignette of a spouting whale, the other a sailboat. The top is
raised on square legs having two brackets each; legs are joined by a medial shelf of
geometric gridwork design also featuring angled bracket supports.
(Height: 28.5"; top: 29.5" x 22.75")
Double bowl/basket crafted from the rare coco de mer nut [seed], a double lobe nut
found exclusively in the Seychelles Island, the largest seed in the plant kingdom has
always been considered rare and highly valued. During the Middle Age until the 19th
century is was believed that this nut grew on a mysterious underwater tree and was
harvested by Sea Nymphs. In the Middle Age prized Coco de Mer were stored in the
"Miracle Cabinets" of Kings. Later they were gifted to sea captains and ship owners as a
token of honor when sailors were fortunate to find one floating in the Sea. A true Sailors
item with a nice myth. (5.5" x 11" x 10")
Properly rigged steam and sail vessel is painted and displays her American flag. The
bottle is centered within box towers with canted edges. Molded base resting on carved
feet. The whole surmounted with leaf and branch carved handle. (Missing one leaf)
(Height: 13.75"; width: 15"; depth: 4.25")
This group demonstrates great age as evidenced by then primitive fashioning, tool marks and spacing of drilled number holes. The red and black pigment used to fill holes is long gone. Probably made shipboard by a sailor during leisure time- playing cards was an important and enjoyable pastime aboard ship. Each piece measures 1 3/16 by .5 by 3/8-inches.
There are four tiers, each with molded, inlayed overhanging drawers; the top tier has a lift-top compartment. The bottom case with shaped apron and two subsequent cases feature slightly overhanging tops having serpentine front edges.
(As expected, minor imperfections; H: 24"; W: 12"; D: 12")
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