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Scrimshaw on antique sperm whale tooth
on cocabola wood and fosil walrus ivory mount.
9.5"H x 3.25"W x 1.5"D (tooth only)
12.5"H x 5.25"W x 3.5"D (overall)

Private Collection


Herman Melville was born on August 1, 1819 in New York City. In January of 1841 he signed on aboard the whaleship ACUSHNET bound for the Pacific. Deserting ship the following year in the Marquesas Islands, he made his way to Tahiti and Honolulu, returning as an ordinary seaman on the frigate UNITED STATES to Boston, where he was discharged in October, 1844. He wrote several books based on his adventures, the best known of course being the classic Moby Dick. Herman Melville passed away in New York City on September 28, 1891.


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