Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane the Handle Carved from a Sperm Whale Tooth

A Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane the Handle Carved from a Sperm Whale Tooth
American or English
Mid 19th Century
Size: 88cm long - 34¾ ins long
NOTES Regarding Shipping: This cane can be legally imported to the USA together with the appropriate CITES export certificate
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Some of the shafts of whalebone walking canes are carved or engraved in spirals or diamond shapes. As described by Frank T Bullen in his ‘The Cruise of the Cachalot’ 1899: …‘our carpenter was a famous workman at ‘scrimshaw’ and he started half a dozen walking sticks forthwith. A favourite design is to carve the bone into the similitude of rope, with ‘worming’ of smaller line along its lays. A handle is carved out of the whale’s tooth and insets of baleen, silver, cocoa tree or ebony, give variety and finish’.

Sailors Scrimshaw Whalebone Walking Cane the Handle Carved from a Sperm Whale Tooth

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