Condition: Overall good, used condition, wonderfully weather paint with some losses to lid. The hinges have been replaced which speaks to the fact that this piece was used!
Additional Information: Rectangular cleated lid over conforming dovetailed case having a pair
of beckets and being canted front-and-back. The vignette under lid remains in excellent
condition and displays a barque on high seas flying her American flag; a lighthouse off
her bow…within a painted oval rope frame flanked by mermaids, scallop shells and
Grove’s elegant, dark-hulled 567-ton schooner, built in 1882 at a shipbuilding yard on the
Merrimack River was named for a prominent civic and Masonic leader of Newburyport,
Massachusetts. The original Charles C. Dame was lost in “a terrible gale” off North Cape Breton
Island in 1873. The ship’s entire crew of 18 men perished.
Whaleman Carved Club, Monkey Fist & Turk’s Head Knots on Chain Link Pattern
Anonymous Date/Period: 1850-1860
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.
Ditty Box, Sailor Made, Pan Bone, 5-Shaped Fingers, Inlayed Top Date/Period: Mid-19th Century
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.
Hatchel, Flax Comb, Pierced Heart Backboard, Art and Utility Combined Date/Period: 18th Century
Material: Wrought iron, hardwood and polychrome paint
Condition: Very good, shrinkage crack to one end
Additional Information: An unusual round array of spicks within an iron ring affixed to
double-tapering board featuring heart-cutouts within rectangular ends having heart-
cutouts. Floral decoration against a red painted ground. Likely gifted to a special lady.
Antique, Sailor Made Octagonal Box,
Compass Star Inlay, Fitted Interior Date/Period: 1860s
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.
Mackerel Plow, New England, Possible Maine Date/Period: Circa 1830-1880
Measurement: 9.5" x 2.25" x .5"
Material: Birch, pewter, and iron
Condition: Excellent, great patina
Additional Information: Fishermen generally had their own mackerel plows which
were of varied designs…this pierced example of scrolled design and large comfortable
open handle is inlayed with pewter ad retains its filed iron blade. Used by New England
fisherman aboard mackerel schooners to slice the fish.
Carved Bamboo Whistle, Sailor’s Turk Head Knot, Bosun Whistle Date/Period: 1850-1920?
Measurement: Length: 5"
Material: Bamboo, natural fiber two-ply cord
Condition: Fine, dark patina, scatter spatters of gray paint, displays well
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.
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
Measurement: 7.75" x 5.25"
Material: Ink on paper, two cent stamp
Additional Information: Includes a print of “Capturing a Sperm Whale”
measuring 8.5 by 14-inches.
Fid with Sailor Knotwork, A Working Ropework & Rigging Tool Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Length: 9.5"
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.
Nautical Pin Cushion, Scrimshawed Bovine Hoof Horn Date/Period: 19th Century
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.
Nautical Trinket Box, Hand Painted Decorated Lid, Ship Prudent of Salem
Benj. Crowninshield, Master 1799 Date/Period: Vintage
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.
Busk, Chip Carved Date/Period: 18th or early 19th Century
Measurement: Length: 13"; width: 2.25"
Additional Information: One end with double lobes, allover carved, the verso with
chip carved initials: “BH”. Nice color, dry patina.
Antique Gameboard Table, Possibly Sailor Made
Anonymous Maker, Purportedly Nantucket, 19th Century
Curly maple, walnut, mixed woods
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")
Whale Baleen Busk, Scrimshaw
Anonymous, circa 1860
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")
Coco De Mer, Incised & Polished Basket Bowl
Seychelles, Indian Ocean ca. 1925
Highly prized, maritime/sailor souvenir
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")
Victorian Cased Ship in Bottle
Walnut case, light aqua bottle
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")
Diorama, Nautical, Sailing Ship, Carved and Painted, Shadowbox Frame
American, Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Depicts fully rigged vessel on carved choppy seas
(27.5 by 19”)
Lot Of 28 Whalebone Dominoes
Although dominoes are mentioned in whaling journals, they are rarely found as scrimshaw...
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.
Sailor Made Carved and Inlayed Bureau Box, Trinket Box; Late 19th Century
Pine, birds’ eye maple, rosewood, mother of pearl, bone; other mixed woods including cigar box mahogany.
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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