Naval-Engraver

The second most expensive piece of scrimshaw ever sold, bringing $396,000, this tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver depicts the American warship Hornet blockading the British ship Citoyenne at the mouth of the port of Salvador, Brazil during the War of 1812 on the obverse and the U.S. Squadron fleet under sail in the Mediterranean in 1815 on the reverse. Both images are taken from Abel Bowen’s The Naval Monument, which provides the scrimshander’s moniker. Two collectors battled dearly for it, driving the price way past its $20,000-$30,000 presale estimate.

The second most expensive piece of scrimshaw ever sold, bringing $396,000, this tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver depicts the American warship Hornet blockading the British ship Citoyenne at the mouth of the port of Salvador, Brazil during the War of 1812 on the obverse and the U.S. Squadron fleet under sail in the Mediterranean in 1815 on the reverse. Both images are taken from Abel Bowen’s The Naval Monument, which provides the scrimshander’s moniker. Two collectors battled dearly for it, driving the price way past its $20,000-$30,000 presale estimate.

The second most expensive piece of scrimshaw ever sold, bringing $396,000, this tooth by the Naval Monument Engraver depicts the American warship Hornet blockading the British ship Citoyenne at the mouth of the port of Salvador, Brazil during the War of 1812 on the obverse and the U.S. Squadron fleet under sail in the Mediterranean in 1815 on the reverse. Both images are taken from Abel Bowen’s The Naval Monument, which provides the scrimshander’s moniker. Two collectors battled dearly for it, driving the price way past its $20,000-$30,000 presale estimate.

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