Early 19th century
Overall: 2 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 1 1/2 in. ( 6.4 x 16.5 x 3.8 cm )
inscribed: on obverse: "CITY HALL NEW YORK" inscribed: on reverse: "PEACOCK AND LE EPERVIER"
Scrimshawed whale tooth engraved with a view of New York City Hall on the obverse; the Hall has two American flags on the reverse is a view of a battle between two frigate with one of them firing a cannon shot.
According to the donor, "these teeth were probably made in 1925 by William Perry of Cp. College at Seaman's Institute." The engagement between U.S. Sloop of war 'Peacock' and the British brig ' L'Epervier' occurred of the coast of Florida on April 29, 1814.
Gift of Edmund Astley Prentis
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