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American Eagle

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Description Although formerly thought to have been carved by a sailor on a New Bedford whaler, this whale-tooth ornament falls outside the traditions of New England scrimshaw. The sculptor has treated the subject with remarkable realism, thus permitting ornithologists to identify the model as a bald eagle. The only inaccuracy in the rendition is the nostrils, which would open through the beak rather than through the cere, the soft tissue at the base of the bill. Labeled: "162;" remnants of a paper label marked: "G III."
Provenance Owned by Tiffany & Company, New York; purchased by Henry Walters, Baltimore, early 20th century; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Number] 162; [Label] Remnants of a paper label: G III
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters

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late 19th century
sperm whale tooth
(Ivory & Bone)
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H: 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
  • USA (Place of Origin)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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