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Scrimshaw

Scrimshaw refers to any engraved or carved piece of ivory or bone. It is an artistic tradition that dates back several centuries and comprises a remarkably diverse field of examples that are still attainable at auction today.

The tradition of scrimshaw carving dates back to the late years of the 18th century, when whalers and seamen began taking advantage of the plentiful ivory and bone at sea to render incredibly artful designs. Moving beyond the creation of utilitarian tools, these craftsmen rendered everything from simple relief carvings to inset pigments and fully sculpted forms on both walrus tusks and whale bones. As a result, scrimshaw pieces became a means to commemorate life at sea as well as important cultural events.

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large elephant tusks

April 28, 2018, 11:00 AM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€4,001 (starting bid)

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Ivory tusk

April 28, 2018, 11:00 AM CET
Mutterstadt, Germany

€551 (starting bid)

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Carved Scrimshaw Whale Tooth by Master Artist Joe Luiz

April 28, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Orlando, FL, USA

$225 (7 bids)

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Modern Composition Scrimshaw Tooth

April 30, 2018, 10:00 AM CST
Anna, IL, USA

$10 (1 bid)

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Ø A LARGE SAILOR WORK SCRIMSHAW DECORATED PAN BONE PANEL, CIRCA 1840

May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£1,500 (starting bid)

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Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALEBONE PLAQUE, CIRCA 1840

May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£75 (1 bid)

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Ø A LARGE 19TH CENTURY SAILOR WORK SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH

May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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Ø A RARE SAILOR WORK EROTIC SCRIMSHAW-DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH, CIRCA 1830

May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£500 (1 bid)

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A QUANTITY OF 19TH CENTURY CARVED BONE SAILOR WORK

May 1, 2018, 11:00 AM GMT
London, United Kingdom

£200 (starting bid)

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Chinese Erotic/Sex Images Scrimshaw Faux Animal Tooth/Tusk

May 3, 2018, 7:30 PM EST
Homosassa Springs, FL, USA

$6 (starting bid)

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Gravierter Pottwalzahn (Scrimshaw) , USA, Mitte 19. Jhdt.

May 4, 2018, 10:00 AM CET
Munich, Germany

€440 (starting bid)

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Gravierter Pottwalzahn (Scrimshaw), USA, datiert 1861

May 4, 2018, 10:00 AM CET
Munich, Germany

€440 (starting bid)

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HAROLD D. SIMMONS  SCRIMSHAW FRAMED PIANO KEY

May 5, 2018, 11:00 AM EST
Salisbury, NC, USA

$20 (starting bid)

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Alaskan Carving scrimshaw grizzle bear by Leonard Savage?

May 5, 2018, 7:00 PM EST
Castle Hayne, NC, USA

$40 (1 bid)

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