Item SCR6-  Sailor-Made Coconut Shell Dipper.

A fairly rudimentary dipper as this genre of sailor's work goes, the primitiveness of it has a certain charm. The ladle of the dipper is made from a dried coconut shell that has diameters of 4 and 4 1/2 (these are almost never perfectly round. The outer sides of the shell are simply decorated with pairs of arching lines deeply scribed with a set of dividers, most likely. These arcs meet and overlap so as to create a set of interlocking circles that extend over the sides and bottom of the shell. They make an interesting pattern. The handle is dark hardwood (perhaps an island mahogany that is square in cross-section, and which tapers from the butt to the shell, passing through the shell to emerge at he far side. The handle is decorated with pairs of incised lines forming both parallel grooves as as well as diamond shapes. The centers of some of the diamonds are ornamented with small ivory buttons of the sort often seen on scrimshaw sewing boxes. The butt end of the handle has a finial of turned bone (perhaps whalebone) in the form of a linear group of beads, about an inch long. At the opposite end, the small end of the handle, protruding from the shell has another turning serving as a decorative finial. The overall length of the dipper and handle is 12 inches. It is an interesting dipper, surely made on a 19th century sailing ship. Good+




     Price - $180.00

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