Tusk set

Nov 16, 2021. 22:30 UTC
Tusk set
United States of America

Antiques & curio

Acquired from

For sale

6 1/4" each




Answered within about 1 hour
Nov 16, 23:44 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$400 - $600 USD

Suggested Asking Price

$600 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

Two molded and carved resin scrimshaw whale's teeth
In the manner of 19th Century American examples, one depicting "My Love Jayne" on one side, the an arctic whaleship on the reverse; the other tooth with a date 1840 and initials JHA, depicting on one side the ship Albatross, on the verso the steamer Thrasher.
each 6 1/4 inches long
CONDITION: appear to be in good condition
PROVENANCE: inherited
$200-300 each or $400-600 for the pair*
*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.

Jonathan rieg Nov 17, 00:26 UTC

I’ll send another picture

Delia Nov 17, 00:39 UTC

I'm still a bit nervous about these but will give them the benefit of the doubt. If they are examined in person and discovered to be synthetic, the value would be a fraction of what I've evaluated them at.

Jonathan rieg Nov 17, 00:42 UTC

Just confirmed they are whale’s teeth made of resin?

Delia Nov 17, 00:47 UTC

Are you saying they are resin?

Jonathan rieg Nov 17, 00:48 UTC


Delia Nov 17, 00:52 UTC

Thanks for confirming.
Value as resin is 1/10th of what they would be if they were real. I've amended the description and value.

Jonathan rieg Nov 17, 01:01 UTC

How can one tell between resin and the real deal?

Delia Nov 17, 01:05 UTC

A number of ways, including striations, texture of the interior of the tooth (technically not a tusk) and growth rings at the end. If you heat a pin, the resin will melt whereas bone will singe.

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