Sailors, especially whalers, often had long hours of time on their hands at sea. In their spare time, many created scrimshaw-elaborate works of art on bone or ivory with scrollwork, engravings or carvings. Reminiscent of the time is this exuisite bone box depicting a whaling scene. With a brass clasp and felt-lined interior this box can hold small mementos or jewelry.
6 1/4 x 2 x 1 in.