Fragment of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’ Probably Collected as a Sailor’s Curiosity

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Object Description

An Antique Fragment of a Narwhal Tusk ‘Monodon Monoceros’ Probably Collected as a Sailor’s Curiosity
A silver mount to the end
18th – Early 19th Century

Size: 121cm long – 47½ ins long

Article 10 Certificate no. 580682/01 available

Object History

Ex Scottish Private collection

Object Literature

In the 18th and first half of the 19th century hundreds of American and British whaling vessels roamed the oceans in their search for the elusive leviathan of the deep. They carried thousands of sailors, each of whom either practised the art of scrimshaw to while away the idle hours on the endless cruising voyages, or collected and kept souvenirs of their time at sea. Many came from foreign ports, from Africa to the Pacific Islands, with Hawaii supplying many native ‘green hands’. During the 19th century the typical whaling crew became a sort of seagoing United Nations, with only the officers on board, American or British nationals.

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