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19 Replies to “Our Scrimshaw Products Available Online”

  1. Have some Mammoth pieces I bought many years ago. (I used to do scrimshaw) They have been professionally stabilized and are polished out & ready to scrim on Solid & great quality. Photo’s are available.
    Dusty Moulton

    1. Hi Dusty, sorry you’re not scrimming anymore. If you can let me know your web address, I’d be glad to share it with the others. The materials sound wonderful. Just so you know, you can’t sell to New York, New Jersey, California or Hawaii, though most of the rest of the states have no issues with it. If you still have the receipts from where you originally purchased the mammoth ivory from, it could come in handy in case there are any questions. Reply back with your website and I’ll put it up.

  2. I’m looking for information on where to sell a scrimshaw by the artist John Lee, the three stooges are the subject of this beautiful piece, I have recent appraisal and all the documents to prove ownership, someone point me in a good direction on a good marketplace for such a piece. Thank you

  3. I have some round slices (about 1-2 inches diameter) and some slabs (1 inch by 3-4 inches) of prehistoric dugong rib bone. The interior ranges from light beige to dark brown with a black petrified border. The material should take to scrimshaw ink. Wanted to know if anyone would like to try it out. email for some pictures.

    1. Sorry Joan, they didn’t come through. If you can reply to my other email and drag the pics onto the reply that may work, otherwise you may want to look into creating a gmail account. What email program are you using?

  4. Hi Andrew,

    If you can send an email address to me I can send the pictures to you from my photo file. I am not sure how else to send them as I don’t think what I did in above reply will allow you to open the pictures.

    Sincerely, Joan

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  6. Returned from vacation on Nantucket Island. I purchased a bracket from the Murphy’s store on Maine St. It was lying in a case that had an original basket designed pendant by A. Doucette. The clerk told me the bracelet was an A. Doucette design but that the oval shaped discs with ink designs of ship, whale, basket, island, schooner, ferry, lighthouse and Nantucket signed ship, were not of ivory and she did not know what the composition was but not to get the bracelet wet. I paid $82 plus tax for the item. It is lovely but I would like to know what the white shaped ovals are made of. Thank for you for any info.

    1. Hi Joan, thanks for writing! Al Doucette was the former owner of the Whale’s Tale in New Bedford, MA. a scrimshaw shop (he’d identified the Peter LaJoie scrimshaw for us). I’ll see if I can contact him for a positive ID and possibly identify the material. Would you be able to send a couple of pictures of your scrimshaw? A Macro setting and a close-up of the material would also be helpful.

  7. Forty-five years ago I took classes at New Bedford Vocational on doing scrimshaw. I bought a whales tooth and had it sliced to make some jewelry. ( It was legal then) I was smart enough to know don’t ruin a good piece of tooth. So here it is that many years later. It is small,sperm tooth? Seven pieces,polished. four the size of a dime,two tiny ones and the top point. Did make two story bracelets and a few pins. I am proud of them but I do not know how to draw just brave enough to try and smart enough not to ruin a good tooth.Looking to sell these.Do you know anyone in this area who I could go to.

    1. Hi Dottie, and thanks for writing! I’m sure you probably don’t have the receipts for the whale tooth after this many years, but if you do it would make it easier. Within the state you might be able to sell the ivory to a museum. Another place to inquire would be scrimshaw stores such as scrimshanders.com, as they have more experience and knowledge about the laws regarding whale ivory. Currently the ivory ban is regarding elephant ivory, as the whale ivory is covered under a different set of laws (they went into effect in 1972). The safest thing to do if possible would be to get an exemption certificate. According to the NOAA website “…If you can establish the parts were obtained before 1972, neither the MMPA nor ESA apply, and there are no legal restrictions or prohibitions on what you may do with these. However, the burden of proof lies with you, and you may be asked to produce evidence of the history of such parts in the event you wish to sell them. This prior status may be established by submitting an affidavit to NOAA Fisheries (50 CFR 216.14). Fossilized ivory is assumed to predate both Acts; no prohibitions apply. …” This is from a website that is primarily for the state of Alaska, but it may help.

      1. Thank you for this information I just may have to have a piece made to hang on my neck. Not worth the headache to prove when I purchased, seeing I do not have paperwork. Now that I think about it is was at a yard sale with a bag of sea shells and I saw it among the shells. It was only about 5 inches long. thanks again

  8. I’m looking for scrimshaw patterns for powder horns and knife handles, also need a tutorial on transferring patterns using acetone

    1. Hi Wesley, and thanks for writing! I’ve spoken to a few powder horn makers and most are into reenactments, is that what you do or do you participate in a different hobby?
      There are many different types of patterns we’ve seen from big game to maps to buildings and battle scenes. Tell me what you’re interested in and we’ll be glad toe either point you in the direction or email you a pattern we have (we’re putting the finishing touches on some new ones!)
      We’ll link to the acetone method below, and I’ll be interested in how well it works for you. We didn’t have much luck on ivory with this method or the Damar Varnish method.
      We’ve been more successful with the dot-to-dot method or by taping a piece of carbon paper underneath. We’re looking into other methods as well, and we’ll post them on the site if we’re successful.
      The link for transferring an image using acetone is:
      Sorry about the long winded reply. Let us know what scene or image you’re looking for and we’ll be glad to help!

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