HM.80

Tooth of sperm whale, scrimshaw. Examined by Desmond Liddy, Australian scrimshaw expert June 6, 1991. He identifies it as a killer whale tooth. Quite a bit was cut off of the root end with a saw. Challenges to the scrimshander included a moving, tossing ship, often poor lighting conditions, uncorrected eyesight and captains who discouraged "leisure" time projects which invariably brought up feelings of loneliness and melancholy. The design which depicts a confederate soldier and cannon was copied by pin prick engraving from an illustration available to the artist.
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