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
Measurement: 44" x 19.5"; top molding: 25.25" x 4.75"
Material: Giltwood, reverse painting on glass tablet
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: The rectangular mirror plate within a molded slip beneath an
eglomise panel with a depiction of McDonough’s Victory flanked by paired rope twist
and carved columns, each headed by a floral rosette on projecting blocks. The stepped
molded cornice with twenty orb finials above a frieze decorated with swaging, applied
oval bosses and spherules. The whole gold gilt carved wood and gesso.
An identified instrument engraved with owner’s name, Job Terry [Jr.] (1783-1861) of
New Bedford, Massachusetts who was master of New Bedford’s whaling ship Good
Return beginning in 1821; he made nine voyages as master. Published within Richard
Dana’s book, Two Years before The Mast written in 1840, Captain Terry is said to have
been known in every port in the pacific. Portraits of the captain and his wife are within
the collection of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. The octant remains within it
stepped and fitted mahogany case; arched medial frame brace surmounted with pencil
displays embossed owners name; Vernier is engraved. The case remains in original
condition showing typical, as expected shrinkage; minor wood loss to one corner of
The instrument is accompanied by an early statement on laid paper; stated is that the
owner refused a cash offer for the instrument by a Mr. Emery of Salem which he bought
new in 1844. The document is a bonus as we can’t confirm any connection to this
instrument. (case: 17" x 14.25" x 3.5")
“Squadron Runs 1899 / Fifty Third Annual Cruise / NYYC / New London to Gardiner’s Bay,
Gardiner’s bay to Newport, Newport to Vineyard haven / Won by Petrel”. The well-known
56-foot yawl was owned by H. Van Rensselaer Kennedy, of the New York Yacht Club.
(There are imperfections to the very base of the tapered stopper, else fine; height: 10.5”)
As depicted, each 1.25-inches diameter and mounted on a 1.75-inches diameter round piece of laid paper, one is painted with a scene of castle ruins by a river, the other depicts an American man o' war in full sail with Old Glory unfurled at the stern.
The rectangular lid retaining shaped cleats is hung from wrought strap hinges; the dovetailed canted case retaining original beckets with rope handles; interior with lidded till decorated with seven stars. (Height: 17.25 inches; length: 42 inches; depth: 17 inches)
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