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Lot 76: RARE AND IMPORTANT SCRIMSHAW SPERM WHALE'S TOOTH DEPICTING THE SHIP "SUSAN" OF NANTUCKET, ENGRAVED BY FREDERICK MYRICK, DATED AUGUST 28, 1829.Platinum House
May 25, 2013
Portsmouth, NH, USALive Auction
Description: Engraved on one edge "Ship Susan of Nantucket" and on the side with banner inscribed "The Susan on the coast of Japan a whaling," above a portrait of the "Susan" under reduced sail and cutting-in with three engaged whale boats under the bow, one being hooked to a sperm whale; and on the other edge with the motto "'Death to the living, long life to the killers/ Success to sailors wives & greasy luck to whalers," above another ship's portrait depicting her under full sale approaching a lighthouse, beneath a banner inscribed "The Susan on her homeward bound passage," engraved above the tip with The Great Seal of the United States and banner "E Pluribus Unum" within a foliate border, the tip with an anchor and crossed American flags and inscribed below "Engraved by Fred.k Myrick on board of the ship Susan" and "August the 28th 1829." Length 7 1/2 inches, base 3 inches.Provenance: Paul Madden Antiques, Nantucket; A private collection in Connecticut.Literature: Discussed and illustrated in Donald E. Ridley & Stuart M. Frank, "Frederick Myrick of Nantucket Scrimshaw Catalogue Raisonne," 2000, p. 27; "Susan's Teeth" are discussed and illustrated in Stuart M. Frank, "Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved: Scrimshaw in the New Bedford Whaling Museum," pp. 14-22.
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