Item SCR2 - Whale Ivory Pipe Tamper.

Here is an expertly made pipe tamper, turned from a sperm whale tooth and decorated with 5 pairs of circumferential grooves that have been filled with red sealing wax in the mode of the decoration often found on the vase-like finials on sailor made swifts. This nice example of ship board scrimshaw art is 2 3/4 high, with a maximum diameter of about 7/8 The bottom of the tamper is in the usual checkerboard tooth form, that was likely made with a saw. There is no doubt that this is whale ivory, the inner nodule of a whale tooth is exposed at the top of the handle. Rare and fine.


  Price -  $150.00

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