A beautiful scrimshaw on what appears to be a whale tooth with the name “Rudy”. Very highly polished, the bottom edges show some crazing. beautifully lined scrimshaw with a dramatic scene of a whale in the foreground and the ship not far off.
Robert writes: “I am a 77 year old Vietnam Veteran and proud of it. I recently purchased at an estate sale an item I believe to be a scrimshaw tooth or tusk.I tried the hot needle test and the needle did not penetrate the item. I examined the item under magnification and the lines appear to vary in width and depth.
“The item bears the name Rudy. An internet search revealed a Dennis “Rudy” Waldroop (1950-2009). He had a shop in Tahlequah, OK however passes away in2009.
“I would appreciate any information on my piece. Is it a piece of junk,who carved it,approx. value, just anything.”
I’ve asked Robert to possibly send a picture of the cavity at the base of the tooth, and will update this post if he’s able to do so.
Updated Pics from 7/16/2017:
Anyone knowing more information on the artist or questions regarding the piece, please add a comment below.
This is a fascinating piece. Both a carving and a sculpture, it’s beautiful work that has been well cared for. The base edge and the general shape makes it appear to be a sperm whale tooth.
The artwork is in full color,expertly scrimmed with a spartan background that balances the work nicely.
The signature “Andhi” has some artistic flourishes to the left of the first initial. My impression is that it may have come from Hawaii, but I could be way off.
Any ideas? The owner would love to know more about the artist. Reply in the comments below, and any more information I can get I’ll add to this post.
“This is a scrimshaw bracelet (pewter) that was a gift to me in 1975. It is from a friend in Alaska who said that he was told it was an antique when he bought it. It is about 2″ in diameter. The initials in the lower left look like ‘mq’ but the ‘q’ might be something else. Can you tell me anything about this piece? I can take more pics if you need them.
Hoping to get a closeup of the initials to better identify it. We’d love it if anyone knowing of the artist or more history of the piece would respond.
An interesting set of scrimshaw jewelry with the initials “BB” and…
“My wife acquired a silver scrimshaw bracelet and ring in the 70’s, along with what she was told is a penile bone ring. We would appreciate any info you could give us about them. The silver work looks to be done by the same artist, as all the pieces have a hammered backplate and similar beadwork around the rims. The bracelet depicts a bird with a pointy crest landing on a morning-glory looking flower with a flat leaf below. It looks like it is signed “BB” at the bottom. The scrimshaw ring also depicts a morning-glory type flower, with four sets of leaves around it. It has what might be a stylized capital “A” or “V”, depending on which orientation you view it.
Thanks for your help!
Norm & Debi
The penile bone, also known as a baculum is usually from a walrus, which – if the material all came from the same place, could mean the other piece is either walrus or mammoth, more than likely from Alaska. The initials “BB” are well formed, though I don’t find any information on them other than a Ben Shostle (http://www.thefedoralounge.com/threads/my-grandfathers-engravings.67669/). Hoping someone knows the artist and can fill you in on the history of the pieces!