Scrimshaw case dated 1832

Aug 04, 2020. 22:30 UTC
Scrimshaw Case dated 1832

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This appears to be a scrimshaw carved case with the person’s name being H.A. BRUCH. Has brass fittings with birds itched on each side. Case opens. Case measured approximately 4” wide, 23/3 deep and 1” thick. On the front along with what appears to be the person’s name along with a few other words is the word Steinseltz.


Belongs to my brother in law who was an antique collector.

Answered within about 12 hours
Aug 05, 10:08 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$300 - $500 USD

Insurance Value

$800 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Gary,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Currently, there are varied laws that limit the sale of antique elephant ivory; if you wish to sell this at auction, you may first need to establish the ivory species through micro-analysis and you may also be asked to identify where your brother acquired it .
Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A incised and brass mounted scrimshaw veneered card or cigarette case
Probably Continental, dated 1832
Of elongated oval section, the hinged lid inscribed "H.A. Bruch / pastern reform / a Steinseltz / 1832"; with cedar(?) lining and brass ends engraved with birds.
1 inch high, 4 inches wide, 2 3/4 inches deep
PROVENANCE: client's brother is an antiques collector
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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