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Scrimshaw needle case

Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
Overall: 58 x 12 mm
Medium: Whale bone
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Needle case
Object No: 00000731

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    Description
    Scrimshaw needle case made from whale bone. The precision shown indicates it was been made by a professional using a lathe and drill.
    SignificanceScrimshandering proved to be an ideal occupation for sailors when active whaling was at a standstill, and is an integral part of the story of a sailor's life at sea.

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