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Maritime folk art signed polychrome scrimshaw mermaid sword fish bill

Excellent piece of nautical maritime folk art. 27'' long sailor made swordfish bill ''sword'' with wooden carved handle. Whimsical mermaid figure, the very picture 19th century pulchritude on the blade face as well as a clipper ship and anchor. To call this piece Scrimshaw is technically incorrect, the swordfish bill is too fibrous to "Scrim" or carve these figures are inked on. Signed "V.R. Clark" on the opposite side of the hilt. The non decorated side is significantly darker due to oxidation and the tip has been chipped. Do see all photos!


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