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Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern
Anonymous
Date/Period: 1850-1860


Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern Anonymous, entire view 1

Measurement: Length: 15.5"

Material: Dense exotic hardwood

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.

$4,850.00

1334-45


Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern Anonymous, entire view 2

Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern Anonymous, detail view 1

Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern Anonymous, detail view 2



Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top
Date/Period: Mid-19th Century


Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, entire view 1

Measurement: 7 by 4 7/8”, height: 3 1/8”

Material: Whale pan bone, pine top and bottom

Condition: Cleaned of brownish red overpaint

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.

$4,895.00

1334-71


Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, entire view 2

Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, entire view 3

Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, entire view 4

Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, entire view 5

Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top, bottom view



Title: Antique, Sailor Made Octagonal Box,
Compass Star Inlay, Fitted Interior
Date/Period: 1860s


Antique, Sailor Made Octagonal Box, Compass Star Inlay, Fitted Interior, entire view 1

Measurement: Height: 4"; width: 16.25"; depth: 16"

Material: Walnut, ivory, and ebony

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.

$1,050.00

1334-46


Antique, Sailor Made Octagonal Box, Compass Star Inlay, Fitted Interior, entire view 2

Antique, Sailor Made Octagonal Box, Compass Star Inlay, Fitted Interior, entire view 3



Title: Carved Bamboo Whistle, Sailor’s Turk Head Knot, Bosun Whistle
Date/Period: 1850-1920?


Carved Bamboo Whistle, Sailor’s Turk Head Knot, Bosun Whistle, entire view

Measurement: Length: 5"

Material: Bamboo, natural fiber two-ply cord

Condition: Fine, dark patina, scatter spatters of gray paint, displays well

$275.00

1334-62




Title: Cosh, Sap, Blackjack, Petty Officer’s Cosh, Bosun’s Persuader
Double Knob, Needle Hitched
Date/Period: 19th Century


Cosh, Sap, Blackjack, Petty Officer’s Cosh, Bosun’s Persuader Double Knob, Needle Hitched, entire view

Measurement: Length: 12.5"

Material: Wood, lead; appears to be flax or hemp twine

Condition: Very good save for a very few scattered losses of wrap

Additional Information: Nicely made, and extremely rare; a good example of a deadly
weapon in trained hands; lead weight covered in finely woven twine.

$325.00

1334-63




Title: Receipt, 28 Gallons of Winter Whale Oil for Bristol County House of Correction
Bought of W.A. Robinson & Co., New Bedford, Mass. & Providence, R.I.
Date/Period: November 16, 1865


Receipt, 28 Gallons of Winter Whale Oil for Bristol County House of Correction Bought of W.A. Robinson & Co., New Bedford, Mass. & Providence, R.I., entire view 1

Measurement: 7.75" x 5.25"

Material: Ink on paper, two cent stamp

Condition: Fine

Additional Information: Includes a print of “Capturing a Sperm Whale”
measuring 8.5 by 14-inches.

$185.00

1334-47


Receipt, 28 Gallons of Winter Whale Oil for Bristol County House of Correction Bought of W.A. Robinson & Co., New Bedford, Mass. & Providence, R.I., entire view 2



Title: Fid with Sailor Knotwork, A Working Ropework & Rigging Tool
Date/Period: 19th Century


Fid with Sailor Knotwork, A Working Ropework & Rigging Tool, entire view

Measurement: Length: 9.5"

Material: Butternut

Condition: Fine

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.

$495.00

1334-61




Title: Nautical Pin Cushion, Scrimshawed Bovine Hoof Horn
Date/Period: 19th Century


Nautical Pin Cushion, Scrimshawed Bovine Hoof Horn, entire view 1

Measurement: 5" x 2" x 2.5"

Material: Hoof wall, brushed cotton, sawdust and ink

Condition: Good to very good, minor small wear to fabric in one area

Additional Information: Scrimshawed decoration displaying a three masted ship flying
British colors surmounted with olive boughs.

$365.00

110-999


Nautical Pin Cushion, Scrimshawed Bovine Hoof Horn, entire view 2



Title: Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem
Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799
Date/Period: Vintage


Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799, entire view 1

Measurement: 2.25" x 5" x 3.5"

Material: Mahogany and polychrome

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.

$785.00

314-107


Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799, entire view 2

Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799, top view

Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799, bottom view



Title: Busk, Chip Carved
Date/Period: 18th or early 19th Century


Busk, Chip Carved, entire view 1

Measurement: Length: 13"; width: 2.25"

Material: Ash

Condition: Fine

Additional Information: One end with double lobes, allover carved, the verso with
chip carved initials: “BH”. Nice color, dry patina.

$525.00

1120-84


Busk, Chip Carved, entire view 2

Busk, Chip Carved, detail



Vintage Carved Eagle Wall Plaque
after John Haley Bellamy
Unknown Carver - SOLD


Vintage Carved Eagle Wall Plaque after John Haley Bellamy
Unknown Carver, entire view

Stained Eastern White Pine
(23.5" x 8.5" x 3")


Vintage Carved Eagle Wall Plaque after John Haley Bellamy
Unknown Carver, back view

SOLD

1334-33




Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods


Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, entire view 1

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")


Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, entire view 2

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, entire view 3

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, underside

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, top view

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, drawer

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, detail view 1

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, detail view 2

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, detail view 3

Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods, detail view 4

$4,750.00

1334-48




Whale Baleen Busk, Scrimshaw
Anonymous, circa 1860


Whale Baleen Busk, Scrimshaw 
Anonymous, circa 1860, entire view

This busk displays three intricately detailed buildings and a three-mast ship flying a
banner; also, a snake entwined in a tree. (includes custom wood/metal stand)
(Height: 14.5"; width: 1.75")


Whale Baleen Busk, Scrimshaw 
Anonymous, circa 1860, on stand

$1,575.00

1334-44




Coco De Mer, Incised & Polished Basket Bowl
Seychelles, Indian Ocean ca. 1925
Highly prized, maritime/sailor souvenir


Coco De Mer, Incised & Polished Basket Bowl
Seychelles, Indian Ocean ca. 1925
Highly prized, maritime/sailor souvenir, entire view 1

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")


Coco De Mer, Incised & Polished Basket Bowl
Seychelles, Indian Ocean ca. 1925
Highly prized, maritime/sailor souvenir, entire view 2

Coco De Mer, Incised & Polished Basket Bowl
Seychelles, Indian Ocean ca. 1925
Highly prized, maritime/sailor souvenir, entire view 3

$1,250.00

290-47




Victorian Cased Ship in Bottle
Unknown maker
Walnut case, light aqua bottle


Victorian Cased Ship in Bottle
Unknown maker
Walnut case, light aqua bottle, entire view 1

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")


Victorian Cased Ship in Bottle
Unknown maker
Walnut case, light aqua bottle, entire view 2

$645.00

604-61




Diorama, Nautical, Sailing Ship, Carved and Painted, Shadowbox Frame
American, Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Depicts fully rigged vessel on carved choppy seas


Antique Nautical Diorama, Sailing Ship in Shadowbox Frame, Late 19th Century, entire view

(27.5 by 19”)

$1,250

935-19


Antique Nautical Diorama, Sailing Ship in Shadowbox Frame, Late 19th Century, with ruler for scale



Lot Of 28 Whalebone Dominoes
Although dominoes are mentioned in whaling journals, they are rarely found as scrimshaw...
Circa 1850


Antique Toy, Dominoes Set, Lot of 28 Pieces, Circa 1850, entire view

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.

$375

621-59




Sailor Made Carved and Inlayed Bureau Box, Trinket Box; Late 19th Century
Anonymous
Pine, birds’ eye maple, rosewood, mother of pearl, bone; other mixed woods including cigar box mahogany.


Antique Sailor Made Carve and Inlaid Trinket Box, Late 19th Century, angle view

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")

$5,700

1225-2



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