Scrimshaw horn; XAH.V.32.1




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.

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H: 40cm

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Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

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Alberton   Alberton

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