Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane

A Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane
With a carved sperm whale tooth ivory handle formed as a ruffed clenched fist holding a snake
The tip with a metal ferrule
Circa 1840 – 50
Size: 81.5cm long – 32 ins long
The availability of unlimited hours on board the whaling ships enabled the scrimshander through extraordinary patience to develop his skills and create his own style of carving. The hand symbolised protection, justice and power, and the snake precedes the American eagle as the symbol of unity of the colonies of the United States.

Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane

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