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whalebone / baleen knife and sheaf

Date: 19th century
Overall: 4 x 72 x 13 mm
Medium: Whalebone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Scrimshaw knife
Object No: 00006617

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    HistoryScrimshaw was originally a whalers' folk art and involves carving and engraving animal material, including whale bone, teeth, baleen, shell, ivory and tusks. Jackknives and metal tools were used to make incisions which would then have pigment rubbed into them to enhance the drawings. Engravings on teeth are the most widely recognised form of scrimshaw, however sailors made many small simplistic items of everyday use.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: whalebone / baleen knife and sheaf

    Collection title: Tilbrook collection

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