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Lot Number: 236
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Whaler’s “VICKSBURG” & “MISSISSIPPI” Civil War Era Scrimshaw Hand-Decorated Bone Engraved & Covered Box

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c. 1861-1865 Civil War Era, Whaler’s Scrimshaw-Decorated Ornate Bone Covered Trinket Box, Whaling and Civil War Military Themes, with “VICKSBURG” & “MISSISSIPPI” Engraved, Extremely Fine.

This fascinating Highly Ornate Trinket Box measuring 5.25” deep x 7” high x 3.5” tall, constructed of black enamel painted wood on its interior, the exterior covered entirely with small sections of applied engraved Bone. Possibly a Prisoner of War or Whaler made item to sell for extra cash. Its Hand-decorated Scrimshaw uses a labor-intensive method that applied hundreds individual pinpricks to create the many elaborate designs. The top lid is removable and lifts off. Its center design features a defiant Spread Wing Eagle, above are Two Large Crossed Revolvers and Two Crossed Flags (Confederate), with Two Crossed Sabers below. Below the Crossed Sabers is a flowing banner reading: “VICKSBURG” on the left side and “MISSISSIPPI” to the right. The front and rear panels show Large Paddlewheel Ships with birds flying above, both of which appear to be flying Confederate Flags; the left and right sides show mountainous Island Scenes which appear to be Hawaiian, complete with an Erupting Volcano while men in small boats row, hunting after Whales. All of the outer covering bone panels are complete and fully intact and the inside and bottom of the box are painted in black lacquer. Overall, the condition is excellent for its age and this Box has a wonderful natural patina that only is acquired with age. There is some trivial loss and paint chipping to the top lip of the internal wood box portion where its lid is fitted and attached, not seen from the outside. This unique Box is impressive, a true museum quality collectible worthy of either Civil War or Whaling related displays.
Lot Number: 236
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