Ivory, plaster, ink
Overall: 2 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 5 1/4 in. ( 5.4 x 8.3 x 13.3 cm )
engraved: on obverse, in banner: "THE LIGHTNING" engraved: on reverse, in banner: "NIGHTINGALE"
Scrimshawed whale tooth with etched decoration on two sides; one side with side view of American clipper ship "The Lightning" under sail, the other with front view of American clipper ship "Nightingale" under sail; image of Nightingale surrounded by wreath of leaves etched in green. Tooth filled with plaster and rough edge filed flat.
Gift of Leonidas Westervelt
The Jenny Lind Collection of Leonidas Westervelt
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