Whale tooth

Object Number: 
Ivory, ink
Overall: 3 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 7.6 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm )
Scrimshawed sperm whale tooth engraved with a scene of two frigates on the obverse, one with sails half deployed and fly two American flags, the second has been severely damaged; it's amsts and sails lay in the sea; engraved on the reverse are two frigates meeting; one has all of its sailors out on the rigging.
Gallery Label: 
The image may depict the battle between the Constitution and Guerriere. Frequently copied from sources like Kimball’s American Naval Battles, War of 1812 images proved popular subject matter thru the 1860s.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Colonel Henry O. Havemeyer
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group