Antique Whale bone inlaid scrimshaw sewing basket c1860

Antique Whale bone inlaid scrimshaw sewing basket c1860


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Antique Whale bone inlaid scrimshaw sewing sewing basket c1860. A rare and important antique American scrimshaw oval sewing basket made of finely pierced whalebone lattice work circa 1860. This rare whalebone sewing basket has a wooden base with inlaid starts and ebony cross banding. The whalebone lattice work had pierce carved whole and cut out ends. The condition is good but there is some damage that should be mentioned. There is some loss to the ivory banding the goes around the top of the basket,one lattice piece is missing two inches of its top and one of the ebony bands in the base is missing. The basket measures 10 inches across and six inches high. The base wood measures 7and one quarter inches across.

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