Scrimshaw is the name given to handiwork created by whalers made from the byproducts of harvesting marine mammals. It is most commonly made out of fossil mammoth & walrus ivory, baleen from whales and the tusks of walruses. It takes the form of elaborate carvings in the form of pictures and lettering on the surface of the bone or tooth, with the engravings highlighted using a pigment, or small sculptures made from the same material. The making of scrimshaw began on whaling ships between 1817 to 1824 on the Pacific Ocean, and survived until the ban on commercial whaling. The practice survives as a hobby and as a trade for commercial artisans. A maker of scrimshaw is known as a scrimshander.
A Fairy and Two Sparrows Pendant
A Fairy and Two Sparrows Pendant - Walrus Ivory with Garnet by Mary Mueller
Dall Sheep Ram
Dall Sheep Ram - Mammoth Ivory by Mary Mueller.
Face of a Woman Pendant
Face of a Woman Pendant - Mammoth Ivory with Zirconia by Mary Mueller
Lynx by Mary Mueller
Redpoll Bird Pin/Pendant
Redpoll Bird Pin/Pendant - Mammoth Ivory with Watermelon Tourmaline by Mary...
Scrimshaw Wolf
Scrimshaw Wolf on Fossil Mammoth Ivory by Mary Mueller
Seal Pin/Pendant
Seal Pin/Pendant - Mammoth Ivory by Mary Mueller
Woman in Woods Pin/Pendant
Woman in Woods Pin/Pendant - Walrus Ivory with Opal by Mary Mueller
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