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Whalebone Cribbage Board

RARE, 19TH CENTURY, SCRIMSHAW CRIBBAGE BOARD made in the form of a large sperm whale. 16" long. Center pierced for cribbage pegs. Surrounding all the holes is a boldly engraved starboard view of a whaleship and three of her whaleboats engaged in sperm whaling. Most of the border decorated with a leafy vine motif. Signed with name "John Shiff" and other initials. Overall condition excellent noting an old loss of the tip from the upper tail area. This is a very rare scrimshaw item that is especially nice with the bold whaling scene. A great piece of pan bone scrimshaw. Circa 1840. Ex collection Paul Madden and Paul Vardeman. Illustrated on page 176 in "Scrimshaw: The Whaler's Legacy" by Martha Lawrence.  

Sales price: $6,750.00

We Buy Antique Scrimshaw & Whaling Artifacts

We are always interested in purchasing nautical antiques. If you are selling one piece or your entire collection we would appreciate hearing from you.

John F. Rinaldi

107 Ocean Avenue
PO Box 765
Kennebunkport, Maine 04046

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