1943.52

1943.52
Title
1943.52
Date 
1840-1860
Medium 
Ivory
Dimensions 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 2 1/8 x 1 5/8 in. ( 7 x 5.4 x 4.1 cm )
Description 
Sperm Whale tooth carved with elongated knob handle and oval base with engraved flower pot and foliage around the sides and an American eagle in semi-relief on a concave bottom.
Credit Line 
Gift of Mrs. Rutherford Oakes Ainslie
Object Number 
1943.52
Gallery Label 
According to the donor, it was made on a whaling ship. Stuart M. Frank, curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, examined this piece 1/24/2013 and argued that it is not a butter mold nor has he seen a similar example. Mr. Frank supports the donor’s attribution because the carving style indicates authentic whale men’s work ca. 1840-1860. The hole in the base is a natural growth feature found in Sperm Whale teeth.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group