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Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1

Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1
Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1
Name/Title
Scrimshaw horn
About this object
Scrimshaw horn; a horn engraved with 'The Queen on the morning of her ACCESSION, June 20 1837'. Depicted is a frontal image of the head of Queen Victoria, wearing a bonnet, above an image of a sailing ship captioned 'MAJESTY VICTORIA / IN WOOLWICH DOCK / YARD'. One of a pair [see XAH.R.32.2]. Note that the artist has inscribed an incorrect date - Queen Victoria was crowned on the 28 June 1837.

Scrimshaw refers to the art of carving images into bone. This was commonly practised by sailors with extra time on their hands, who would carve nautical images into the teeth and bones of whales. This particular example is carved into a horn.

For more information about the Kerr Taylor family and Alberton, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Medium and Materials
horn
Measurements
H: 40cm
Credit Line
Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Scrimshaw
Object number
XAH.V.32.1

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