Rare Whaleman’s Logbook Whale Stamp,
Circa 1850-60ish - SOLD
A relief carved wood stamp used to illustrate passages, identifying captures in
whalemen’s journals; very rarely encountered. The stamp rests within a custom display
stand. Ex West Sea Co. Nautical Antiques, San Diego, CA Nina Hellman Marine
Antiques, Nantucket, MA, private collection.
(Height on stand: 3.25"; stand base: 4.5" x 2.875"; Stamp: 2.5" x 1.1.25" x .75")
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.
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
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