Martin Willis of Antique Auction Forum
posted a valuable and fascinating article of his first-hand account of dealing in
antique whaling scrimshaw. His blog is an excellent counterpart to his
always expanding trove of 30-40 minute audio podcast interviews with the
top names in antiques and collectibles.
“For several years I assisted Chuck DeLuca from Maine with his maritime auctions. He would have such interesting pieces pass through his sales. From what I could see, there were a lot of collectors from far and wide that collect all kinds of historical maritime. The time spent helping Chuck was a great learning experience for me. On my own, I have been lucky enough to see some fabulous whale’s tooth scrimshaw work. Back in the 1980s I spent several days with Barbara Johnson in Princeton, NJ. I went over her entire collection, which was a premier selection of some of the finest pieces known. This collection was considered the foremost in the world and left a big impression on me.”
Read the full blog post over at Antique Auction Forum
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