a sperm whale's tooth engraved on both sides with some red pigment embellishment.
Length 6 inches.
Both scenes depicted on this tooth, along with the decorative borders that encircle the top, base and portrait, are characteristic of the anonymous scrimshaw artist referred to as the Banknote Engraver.
One side of the tooth depicts a masterfully engraved naval battle, The Constitution in Close Action with the Guerriere,a painting by Michele Felice Corné (1752-1845)
Two notable chips to the tip.
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