Additional Information: Hook-shaped carved ivory walrus tusk pendant worn by high
ranking men or women as an emblem of status. This Niho Palaoa was colored by the maker by placing it over sugar cane stalks on an open fire which was common. Walruses are not native to Hawai'i, of course…however their tusks were imported in great quantities by visiting Europeans to trade with Hawaiians from the time of Captain Cook in 1778 through the early 1800's
Material: Mahogany, parcel gilt, reverse painting on glass
Condition: Good, water damage to eglomise as depicted, tiny loss to gilded flag canton
at 9-o’clock. Two small sections of backboard are missing from top section.
Additional Information: A most unusual, early Sheraton example. The lower frame is
surmounted by a reeded and dental molded top section flanked by a pair of carved and
gilt dolphins. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s portrait is within a most magnificent
wreath; at the bottom is a panoply of arms interwoven with ribbon banner reading, “WE
HAVE MET THE ENEMY AND THEY ARE OURS”. Perry is flanked by two pair of
American flags above which is a spreading eagle clutching a ribbon. The vignette is
festooned by a wreath.
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: A very desirable whaleship implement; sheet iron pail with
wrought iron attachment, original turned ash handle. This artifact purportedly discovered
on Nantucket. This bucket was used for bailing the spermaceti oil from the cavity of the
sperm whale's head while it was still in the water [also for trywork oil recovery]. The part
of the head that held the best oil is called the "case." The process of getting the oil out
was known as "bailing the case". The head was turned nose down and a man was
lowered from the ship, with the bucket to remove the oil.
(Overall good condition consistent with age; 7.5 by 4")
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