Scrimshaw - for delia

Jan 22, 2021. 03:03 UTC
Scrimshaw - for Delia
United States of America


Acquired from

For sale

Hi Delia! Here are a few more from the collection ~Judy


He collected Revolutionary war and Civil was memorabilia.

Answered within about 8 hours
Jan 22, 11:32 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$800 - $1,250 USD

Insurance Value

$2,050 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Judy,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Scrimshaw collectors generally prefer teeth with nautical decoration, with more decorated teeth bringing a premium.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, these are:

A mid 19th Century English or American scrimshaw whale's tooth
Minimal decoration, depicting the profile portrait of a lady
6 3/4-inches long
PROVENANCE: inherited from a collector of Revolutionary and Civil War memorabilia


A mid 19th Century American Civil-War inspired scrimshaw whale's tooth
decorated with laurel garlands entwining the words FAIR OAKS / VICKSBURGH / SHILO CHURCH
approximately 10 inches long
PROVENANCE: inherited from a collector of Revolutionary and Civil War memorabilia


A Commemorative Civil War scrimshawed ivory "tooth"
circa 1865
Depicting the portrait of Elias R. Dennis beneath an eagle bearing a banner inscribed LIBERTY, all over a presentation inscription that reads "Presented by / All Ranks / 30th Reg Inf / To Our Colonel / Mobile Alabama / 1865
about 7 1/2 inches long; possibly from a longer piece of elephant ivory or walrus tusk
PROVENANCE: inherited from a collector of Revolutionary and Civil War memorabilia
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

Please let us know if you have additional items to appraise, and thank you again for using Mearto.

Judy messer Feb 02, 18:40 UTC

Hi Delia! I have a question for you. Is this the best place to contact you? ~Judy

Delia Feb 02, 18:55 UTC

Yes, happy to answer any questions - fire away!

Judy messer Feb 02, 19:15 UTC

I have an interested party but he is saying that the Elias Dennis tooth has no curve throughout the body or at the tip, making him think it could very well be a section of an elephant or less likely walrus tusk. Can you confirm?

Delia Feb 02, 19:18 UTC

From the photo, it looks to me like there's a curve - is he seeing the same photos I am? Can you send me a photo of the tooth in profile?

Delia Feb 02, 20:04 UTC

I'm afraid that does look a bit suspect to me - they shouldn't be quite that straight. It could be honed from a section of elephant or walrus tusk as you say but the description and value should change; I'll make the change in the description above.

Judy messer Feb 02, 20:29 UTC

Did you see the new photo?

Delia Feb 02, 21:02 UTC

The new photo that I did see shows a view of the "tooth" looking up from the bottom

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