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Whalebone sectionalised to demonstrate texture and other characteristics, TILBROOK 82

Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
Overall: 55 x 390 x 50 mm, 1.2 kg
Medium: Whalebone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Whalebone
Object No: 00006670

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    Description
    This piece of whalebone has been sectionalised to demonstrate its texture and other characteristics. It has most likely come from the area of Victor Harbor in South Australia where whaling was a prominent industry in the early to mid C19.
    SignificanceIn a new and struggling colony whaling was a profitable export. The killing and processing of a whale, either a sperm whale or a baleen right whale, took an enormous amount of physical effort by whalers and all parts of the whale that could be used were.
    HistoryWhale products were enormously popular in the C19. Without the ethical and environmental impacts of today, whaling was a lucrative, resourceful and significant worldwide business. Uses for whale products included the oil, teeth, baleen (whale-bone) and even the flesh, although not suitable to eat, could be processed into a stock feed filler.
    The bone itself was very versatile as its properties made it quite flexible yet very strong. Typical uses for the bone were for corsets, the inserts known as "busks", also umbrellas, springs, whips and even chimney sweep brushes.
    Additional Titles

    Assigned title: Whalebone sectionalised to demonstrate texture and other characteristics, TILBROOK 82

    Collection title: Tilbrook collection

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