Ivory, black ink
Overall: 3 1/8 x 7 1/4 x 2 1/4 in. ( 7.9 x 18.4 x 5.7 cm )
Engraved scrimshaw Sperm whale's tooth; engraved with black ink on the obverse with a profile of a frigate sailing and sailors cutting in, on the reverse is a score of whalers hunting whales with one capsizing a small fishing vessel.
According to Stuart Frank, this image depicts a 'waif' flag left on carcass for ship to later pick-up. U.S. flag on one vessel, and cutting in dead whale is lashed to side.
Gift of Colonel Henry O. Havemeyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.