Scrimshaw & Bone Carvings Photos

In whaling days, sailors etched the teeth of whales, making artistic & amusing objects called scrimshaw. Teeth & bones have been used for art since people lived in caves.

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Ship engraved on whale's tooth, part of Kennedy's scrimshaw collection in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Scrimshaw of sailing ship on whale's tooth in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Collection of scrimshaw at Lightner Museum. St Augustine, FL.Ship portrayed on scrimshaw in JFK Library. Boston, MA.
Ship engraved on whale's tooth, part of Kennedy's scrimshaw collection in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Scrimshaw of sailing ship on whale's tooth in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Collection of scrimshaw at Lightner Museum. St Augustine, FL.Ship portrayed on scrimshaw in JFK Library. Boston, MA.
Scrimshaw sailing ships at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw American sailing ships George & York Town at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw by Leopold Harnois after whaling lithograph by Benjamin Russell at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw by Leopold Harnois after whaling lithograph by Benjamin Russell at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw sailing ships at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw American sailing ships George & York Town at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw (1954) by Leopold Harnois after whaling lithograph (1871) by Benjamin Russell at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw (1954) by Leopold Harnois after whaling lithograph (1871) by Benjamin Russell at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshawed whale's tooth of whale wrecking whaler at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Scrimshaw whaling scene at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw view of Edinburgh, Scotland & carve whalebone fist at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw American sailing ship with balloon overhead at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshawed whale's tooth of whale wrecking whaler at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Scrimshaw whaling scene at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw view of Edinburgh, Scotland & carve whalebone fist at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw American sailing ship with balloon overhead at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw of Ship Susan by Frederick Myrick at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw of Brigantine Chinchilla & Brig Tamaahmah by Edward Burdett while in Hawai'i at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw side-wheeler steam & sailing ship at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw whale teeth at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.
Scrimshaw of Ship Susan (1829) by Frederick Myrick at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw of Brigantine Chinchilla & Brig Tamaahmah (c1825) by Edward Burdett while in Hawai'i at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw (c1840) side-wheeler steam & sailing ship at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw whale teeth (1825-50) at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.
Scrimshaw by Jayme Fortes stippled with whaling schooner John R. Manta of Provincetown at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw portrait of Alexander Hamilton in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Scrimshaw figure of George Washington at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw etched with Independence Hall in JFK Library. Boston, MA.
Scrimshaw (c1917) by Jayme Fortes stippled with whaling schooner John R. Manta of Provincetown at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw portrait of Alexander Hamilton in JFK Library. Boston, MA.Scrimshaw figure of George Washington at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw etched with Independence Hall in JFK Library. Boston, MA.
Scrimshaw figures of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of American eagle at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw figures of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw (c1830) figure of American eagle at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of liberty at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw figures of liberty & justice at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of woman with anchor at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of sailor with anchor at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whales teeth carved with bar scenes at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw figures of liberty & justice at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of woman with anchor at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw figure of sailor with anchor at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whales teeth carved with bar scenes at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Whales-tooth scrimshaw etched with woman reading at Lightner Museum. St Augustine, FL.Scrimshaw etching of Victorian woman with children in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Scrimshaw of Fannie Campbell at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw figure of Hawaiian maiden by George Hilliott at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Whales-tooth scrimshaw etched with woman reading at Lightner Museum. St Augustine, FL.Scrimshaw etching of Victorian woman with children in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Scrimshaw of Fannie Campbell (1800) at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Scrimshaw (c1840) figure of Hawaiian maiden by George Hilliott at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw native with bow & arrow plus female figures on whale teeth at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Scrimshaw sailing ships on whale teeth at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Scrimshawed whale's tooth of chicken with sailor's head at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Whale tooth scrimshaw at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.
Scrimshaw (c1850-75) native with bow & arrow plus female figures on whale teeth at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Scrimshaw (c1835-75) sailing ships on whale teeth at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Scrimshawed whale's tooth of chicken with sailor's head at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Whale tooth scrimshaw at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.
Whales teeth scrimshaw at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw sperm whale teeth at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Collection of British scrimshaw at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw engravings on whale bones at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Whales teeth scrimshaw at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw sperm whale teeth (c1825-70) at Brooklyn Museum. Brooklyn, NY.Collection of British scrimshaw (19th C) at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw engravings on whale bones at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw whalebone corset busk & plaque at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw cribbage boards carved from walrus tusks by Alaskan natives at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw pie crimper in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Pie crimpers of whale ivory to seal pie crusts tops to bottoms at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Scrimshaw whalebone corset busk & plaque (1859) at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw cribbage boards carved from walrus tusks by Alaskan natives at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Scrimshaw pie crimper in Maritime Museum. Monterey, CA.Pie crimpers (jagging wheels) of whale ivory to seal pie crusts tops to bottoms at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Mermaid pie crimper made of sperm whale ivory at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whalebone pie crimpers by New England artists at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Ivory pastry crimpers & jagging wheels at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Whale ivory bobbin thread holder at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Mermaid pie crimper made of sperm whale ivory (1871-6) at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whalebone pie crimpers (c1850-75) by New England artists at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Ivory pastry crimpers & jagging wheels at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Whale ivory bobbin thread holder at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.
Whale ivory yarn winder at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw wooden kneehole writing desk made by Capt. James T. Eldredge on sea voyage at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshawed ostrich egg at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Engraved ostrich eggshell at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.
Whale ivory yarn winder at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshaw wooden kneehole writing desk (1858) made by Capt. James T. Eldredge on sea voyage at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Scrimshawed ostrich egg (c1850) at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Engraved ostrich eggshell (20th C) at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.
Engraved Nautilus Shell at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Ivory model of USS Constitution, a 1797 American 44-gun frigate at Naval Academy Museum. Annapolis, MD.Ivory model of HMS Victory, a 1765 British 100-gun ship at Naval Academy Museum. Annapolis, MD.Model of whaling ship in Whaling Museum at Whalers Village. Maui, HI.
Engraved Nautilus Shell at South Street Seaport Museum. New York, NY.Ivory model of USS Constitution, a 1797 American 44-gun frigate at Naval Academy Museum. Annapolis, MD.Ivory model of HMS Victory, a 1765 British 100-gun ship at Naval Academy Museum. Annapolis, MD.Model of whaling ship in Whaling Museum at Whalers Village. Maui, HI.
Collection of whale scrimshaw objects at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whale harpoon & baleen at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Collection of whaling artifacts at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Inupiaq woven basket with lid & animal ivory figures from Pt. Barrow, AK at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Collection of whale scrimshaw objects at New Bedford Whaling Museum. New Bedford, MA.Whale harpoon & baleen at Columbia River Maritime Museum. Astoria, OR.Collection of whaling artifacts at Heritage Plantation. Sandwich, MA.Inupiaq woven basket with lid & animal ivory figures (c1900) from Pt. Barrow, AK at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.
Inupiaq woven basket with lid & ivory seal handle by Abe Simmons at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inuit bentwood toolbox with ivory fish handle from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Inuit carved ivory pipes at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Inupiaq woven basket with lid & ivory seal handle (1950) by Abe Simmons at Denver Art Museum. Denver, CO.Inuit bentwood toolbox with ivory fish handle (19th C) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Inuit bentwood hunting hat with ivory birds & walrus (c1897) from Alaska at Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Cleveland, OH.Inuit (Eskimo) carved ivory pipes (c1900) at Peabody Museum. Cambridge, MA.
Inuit ivory carvings at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Scrimshaw cribbage board with scene of Alaska at Maritime Museum. San Diego, CA.Walrus ivory scrimshaw at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Orca jawbone scrimshaw at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Inuit ivory carvings (1940s) at Vancouver Maritime Museum. Vancouver, BC.Scrimshaw cribbage board with scene of Alaska at Maritime Museum. San Diego, CA.Walrus ivory scrimshaw (c1850-1900) at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Orca jawbone scrimshaw (c1850-1900) at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.
Walrus ivory scrimshaw at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ivory scrimshaw objects carved by whalers includes corkscrew, ruler, jagging wheels & whistle at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit carvings at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.Native carved whimsical objects at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.
Walrus ivory scrimshaw (c1850-1900) at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Ivory scrimshaw objects carved by whalers includes corkscrew, ruler, jagging wheels & whistle at National Maritime Museum. San Francisco, CA.Inuit carvings at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.Native carved whimsical objects at Pardee Home Museum. Oakland, CA.
Whale scrimshaw carvings at Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT.Scrimshaw collection at Mystic Seaport. Mystic, CT.Scrimshaw whale's tooth scene of Battle of Lake Erie - Perry's Victory at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Walrus ivory scrimshaw with portrait of Sherman at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.
Whale scrimshaw carvings at Connecticut Historical Society. Hartford, CT.Scrimshaw collection at Mystic Seaport. Mystic, CT.Scrimshaw (c1850) whale's tooth scene of Battle of Lake Erie - Perry's Victory at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Walrus ivory scrimshaw (c1865) with portrait of Sherman at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.
Walrus ivory scrimshaw with portraits of Lincoln & Washington at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Sperm whale tooth scrimshaw with woman on horseback at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Whale ivory jagging wheel for pie crimping at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Collection of canes in ivory & other materials at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.
Walrus ivory scrimshaw (c1865) with portraits of Lincoln & Washington at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Sperm whale tooth scrimshaw (c1870) with woman on horseback at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Whale ivory jagging wheel for pie crimping (c1855) at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.Collection of canes in ivory & other materials at Mystic Seaport art museum. Mystic, CT.
The spoiled child whale-tooth scrimshaw at Shaw Mansion. New London, CT.Whale & sailing ship ivory carving at Shaw Mansion. New London, CT.Collection of scrimshaw whale teeth at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Scrimshaw panbone shows whale hunt of coast of Ternate in Indonesia at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.
The spoiled child whale-tooth scrimshaw at Shaw Mansion. New London, CT.Whale & sailing ship ivory carving at Shaw Mansion. New London, CT.Collection of scrimshaw whale teeth (mid 1800s) at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.Scrimshaw panbone (part of sperm whale's jaw) shows whale hunt of coast of Ternate in Indonesia at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.
Scrimshaw panbone shows imaginary port scene at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.American scrimshaw ditty box at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Detail of scrimshaw whaling hunt scene on pan bone at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Detail of scrimshaw whaling hunt scene on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw panbone (1800s) shows imaginary port scene at National Museum of American History. Washington, DC.American scrimshaw ditty box (1825-50) at Peabody Essex Museum. Salem, MA.Detail of scrimshaw whaling hunt scene on pan bone at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Detail of scrimshaw whaling hunt scene on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw whaling ship etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw lighthouse & ship scene on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw objects including cribbage board at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw Indians etched on teeth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw whaling ship etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw lighthouse & ship scene on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw objects including cribbage board at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw Indians etched on teeth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw woman in colored dress etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw woman in Victorian dress etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw Statue of Liberty etched on walrus tusk at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw objects including box at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw woman in colored dress etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw woman in Victorian dress etched on tooth at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw Statue of Liberty etched on walrus tusk at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw objects including box at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Whale ivory bodkins used to tie knot or weave thin ropes & larger fid used by sailmaker at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Whale ivory bodkins at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshawed whalebone busks used in corsets at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Fan carved out of whale ivory at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Whale ivory bodkins used to tie knot or weave thin ropes & larger fid used by sailmaker at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Whale ivory bodkins at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshawed whalebone busks used in corsets at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Fan carved out of whale ivory at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.
Wood & whalebone watch tower at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crusts crimper jagging wheel at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Whale ivory jagging wheel for crimping pie crusts at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Wood & whalebone watch tower at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crusts crimper jagging wheel at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Whale ivory jagging wheel for crimping pie crusts at Whaling Museum. Cold Spring Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw artwork at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crimpers & other whale bone carvings at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved scrimshaw pie crimper at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved ivory pecking birds paddle toy at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw artwork at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crimpers & other whale bone carvings at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved scrimshaw pie crimper at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved ivory pecking birds paddle toy at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw artwork on whales' teeth at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork on whales' teeth at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork, toys & kitchen tools at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved bird on whalebone & wood ditty box at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Scrimshaw artwork on whales' teeth at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork on whales' teeth at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw artwork, toys & kitchen tools at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Carved bird on whalebone & wood ditty box at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.
Carved whale bone canes & cane handles at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Engraved whale tooth powder horn carved by Stratton Conkling at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crimpers at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.Collection of scrimshaw Sperm whale teeth at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.
Carved whale bone canes & cane handles at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Engraved whale tooth powder horn (1796) carved by Stratton Conkling at Sag Harbor Whaling Museum. Sag Harbor, NY.Scrimshaw pie crimpers at Vanderbilt Mansion. Centerport, NY.Collection of scrimshaw Sperm whale teeth at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.
Scrimshaw whale tooth with image of George Washington at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw whale tooth with whaling ship & hunt at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw art teeth & corset stays at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw whale tooth with engraved tall ship at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.
Scrimshaw whale tooth with image of George Washington (19th C) at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw whale tooth with whaling ship & hunt (19th C) at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw art teeth & corset stays at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.Scrimshaw whale tooth with engraved tall ship (19th C) at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.
Scrimshaw pie crimpers at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.


Scrimshaw pie crimpers at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne, VT.



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