Scrimshaw horn; Circa 1861; XAH.V.32.2

From

Alberton

Name/Title

Scrimshaw horn

About this object

Scrimshaw horn; a horn engraved with 'Prince Albert, Prince Consort at time of his death' [1861], with a profile image of Prince Albert, below which is an image of a sailing ship, captioned 'PRINCE ALBERT'.

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.

Date Made

Circa 1861

Medium and Materials

horn

Measurements

H: 4.3cm

Credit Line

Collection of Alberton, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga

Object Type

Scrimshaw

Object number

XAH.V.32.2

Copyright Licence  

All rights reserved

This object is from
Alberton   Alberton
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