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Object description

  • J.B. Walton (American and Salem, Massachusetts)
  • Scrimshaw, 1848
  • Tooth, wood, mother of pearl, ivory
  • American
  • H: 5 1/2 in, W: 4 in, D: 4 in (H: 14.0 cm, W: 10.2 cm, D: 10.2 cm)
  • Donor unknown, date unknown
  • M1834




on Baleen plaque, underside of stand: Engraved and Inlaid/ on board the Ship/ Caroline Augusta of /SALEM/at sea Apr 3 1848/ J.B. WALTON, ENGvr"


The Ship Caroline Augusta Scrimshawed Tooth, 1848, was made for Capt. J. Creamer, and is finely carved all over with symbols, figures, and ships. On front is an eagle and star with "E.P.U" above Lady Liberty. One side shows an eagle with shield, sunrise over an island and a ship" IN A/ FRESH BREEZE". The reverse shows a tem point star over many symbols behind a Bible; and the other side shows a lyre with "LIBERTY" in a swag above, and a ship labeled "C.A. of S/HOMEWARD BOUND". The base of the tooth is sawn smooth and engraved with"CPT. J. CREAMER/ SALEM / 1849 / JB WALTON. ENGvr" The tooth sits on a peg protruding from an inlaid stand with baleen and mother of pearl inserts. The underside of the stand has a plaque of baleen and is inscribed in script, "Engraved and Inlaid / on board the ship / Carolina Agusta of / SALEM / A sea Nov 1848 / BY / J.B. WALTON"