Walrus tusk w/tassel
Ivory, pigment, textile
Overall: 24 x 4 x 2 in. ( 61 x 10.2 x 5.1 cm )
engraved: on obverse: "E.B. Bell/TO"
Walrus tusk carved engraved figure of a snake restrained by hand; Fame among scrolled floral ornament; Liberty holding a U.S. flag and eagle; cartouche engraved on obverse with inscription; hole bored through tip with green silk.
This walrus tusk belonged to John Lord (Aug. 21, 1789-July 4, 1829). By 1828, he was a gunner on the U.S. Frigate Constitution. At the time of his death, he was stationed at the Boston Naval Yard.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.