Scrimshaw Artists

Below you will find a gallery of scrimshaw artists.  This is by no means  the complete list, just many that we are currently aware of.  Are you a scrimshaw artist? Drop us a line and we’ll be glad to include you!  Clicking on the pic will bring you to their website.  In some cases we have had the pleasure to personally interview the artists and have links to these interviews below. From world famous artists like Bob Hergert to notable artists like Scot Kimel, Ron Newton and others.  Scrimshaw artists work on a variety of materials from pre-ban ivory to mammoth ivory, from man-made materials to egg shells!

Scrimshaw on Mammoth ivory by Jason Webb.

Jason R. Webb – Click for Interview Page


Scrimshaw on Fossilized Mammoth Tusk by Jeff Fozard

Artist Jeff Fozard

Darrel Morris' Scrimshaw of a Crow Warrior on Mammoth IvoryDarrel Morris

Sandra Brady The Tempest

Sandra Brady

Gorilla portrait on ivory with ebony base

David Smith

Tina White Scrimshaw "Night Watch"

Tina White – Click for Interview

Cat with Pie by Rachel Badeau of Moosup Valley Designs

Rachel Badeau

Ladyslipper in black and white by Mark Thogerson

Mark Thogerson

Elizabeth Dolbare Custom Scrimshaw

Elizabeth Dolbare

Bob Hergert scrimshaw on a billiard ball

Bob Hergert – Link to Interview


Katherine Plumer Lion Scrimshaw

Celtic Hair Piece by Scot Kimel

Scot Kimel – Link to Interview


Linda Layden scrimshaw of a keyboard on a piano key

Linda Layden

Mary Mueller scrimshaw mixed with gem stones and original silver setting

Mary Mueller

Jim Stevens Scrimshaw of  a Wolf

Jim Stevens

Andrew Perkins Iris scrimshaw on a Nantucket Backet

Andrew Perkins

Rich Simmons scrimshaw of a whaleman

Rich Simmons

Ron Luebke scrimshaw of a tiger

Rone Luebke

Michael Cohen Ship in full sail

Michael Cohen

Nick Finocchio Portrait of a Woman

Nick Finocchio

Belle Ochs scrimshaw of an Alligator with it's mouth open

Belle Ochs

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90 comments on “Scrimshaw Artists
  1. Bill imes says:

    Looking for artist who did ship named Susan &eagle on shield with epluribus unum.

  2. Ginger says:

    Love the site! Beautiful pieces! I’m looking for an artist in the Boise Idaho area who will do work to order. I need a specific design depicting a flop-eared bunny with a brief inscription on the back for a necklace.

    • admin says:

      I’ve gone ahead and approved the comment to help you find a local artist. Don’t know anyone in Boise, but hope they find this link. I’ve also put the question up on the social sites I frequent and talk about scrimshaw, so I hope we find someone for you!

    • alan says:

      Try Chris Lehwalder

      He is in Chewelah, WA. He does excellent work

    • admin says:

      Dear Ginger,
      Sarah Hudnall is on the Idaho area (ivory55[at] and is a seasoned scrimshaw artist who replied to our site late July. Hope you two can connect and a project blossoms for the both of you!

  3. Summer says:

    Looking for a scrimshaw artist named Tom Mullen.

    • admin says:

      So far we haven’t been able to find anything on a scrimshaw artist named Tom Mullen. Do you have a piece done by him that you can send us? We’ll be glad to put it online and see if anyone recognizes the artwork.

      • BNic says:

        Re:requestt about Tom Mullen/artist
        Tom Mullen was an artist who sold his work thru a gift shop/
        gallery located in the Tin City Shops in Naples, the
        mid-1980′s. We bought 7 or 8 of his pieces as we thought
        they were good quality for the price,plus he had a hoard of
        pre ban teeth. We got to know the Tin City shop owner fairly
        well,and he shared that Mullen had a drinking problem,lived
        in the Naples area in a converted garage,and only worked when he needed money. The shop owner died some years ago and his widow ran the store for a few years offering what
        she had in stock,but related that her husband was the one who dealt with Mullen as he was often on a bender. We never
        met or saw him,but we own a lightship basket that has a
        reproduction piece done by him as the lid ornament. Hope it
        helps BNic

        • Gypsy says:

          We were good friends with Tom Mullens during the 1980′s and l990′s; but lost track of him after that. He was a VERY talented scrimshaw artist as well as a painter; but very private and secluded.
          Yes, his art studio was a large converted garage located on Elsa Street in Naples. That is the last known address that I have for him.
          He sold many items at Tin City in Fern’s shop.
          If anyone ever finds more information on him, would you please contact us? Thank you so much.

          • Gypsy says:

            NOTE: Tom Mullen was a native to New Bedford, Mass.
            As a very young child he visited the Scrimshaw Museum there and immediately the person in charge recognized his artistic ability and Mr Mullen began “scratching” on ivory.
            He continued to produce scrimshaw art the rest of his life.
            He lived his adult life in Naples, Florida and would most likely be in his late 60′s.

          • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

            Hope you can get back in contact with him!

  4. Shaun Dafoe says:

    I currently have a piece of scrimshaw that was passed on to me by my dad.The picture shows a large scooner on the sea with a large whale in the foreground.The name of the artist is signed Mateus.Hope you can help me with any information on this piece.Thanking you in advance.

  5. Missy Prince says:

    Hi. I have recently acquired a HUGE lot of supplies for scrimshaw. I am a metalsmith and wire bender so I am not familiar with the quality of the items I have. I will be looking for a buyer when I know more on these items so I am trying to research. In the box, there was a card that reads Scrimshaw by Rudy & Jean, Hughes creations. Some of these pieces have beautiful scrimshaw on them and others are blanks… hundreds of blanks. There are many pieces labeled walrus and are prices. Do you have any information on these artists or can you tell me if these initials for what I am thinking are supply companies mean anything? ALDS; HGS; LYS? Oh, and the card indicates that Rudy & Jean were from Mt Pleasant SC. Thank you for any information you may have.

    • admin says:

      I’m not familiar with Rudy and Jean, but we can look into it. Unfamiliar with the ALDS; HGS; LYS. Can you send pics of some of the work? It would be a help – we could put some up on the “Mystery Artists” page.

      • Missy Prince says:

        Thank you for the response. I actually found an article in the Gwinnett Daily from GA, 1979 about Rudy & Jean Hughes. They were scrimpshanders who lived in the Carolinas. They did this for a living. I found that Mrs. Jean Hughes died in 2004 from Alzheimers. One of the pieces I have is sign JH ’60. I am in awe of these beautiful works of art. Unbelievable quality and I am researching this artform and will hopefully secure a buyer for the items I have soon. Thanks again for you reply.

    • Cale says:

      I just got my hands on a walrus tusk that has the image of a bear on one side and a bobcat on the other. Both of the images have the initials E.P on them, and I was wondering if anyone might have an idea of who the artist may be. I can post a picture of it tomorrow.

      • admin says:

        re: walrus toothe scrimshaw: Would love to see it – if you can send a clear picture we’ll be glad to post it on the “Mystery Artists” page. Thanks for writing!

  6. Pat says:

    I have a cribbage board. With scrimshaw of walrus. It is signed by E. Okleasik with white water Alaska in signature. Is there any way to determine the authenticity of this piece ? My brother also bought several pieces of scrimshaw which I have determined to be fakes. Thank you pat

    • admin says:

      Hi, and thanks for writing! Can you send a picture of the cribbage board to us? We can put it on our “Mystery Artists” page in hopes someone out there has some information on it. Images definitely help! Use the “Macro” setting on your digital camera to get a clear picture of the board, and possibly a close-up of the signature as well? Thanks!

  7. Quideau says:

    Looking for a scrimshaw artist named VOLOVICK.


  8. pamela says:

    Scrimshaw wanted: I am hoping to find a some pheasant / bird hunting scrimshaw (bolo, belt buckle, etc..) for a christmas present. so far, i am finding only imitation 20.00 items. material should be natural, can be of any sort. Can anyone help?

  9. gene allard says:

    I have an oval belt buckle with colorized scrimshaw of the US Coast Guard Cutter Eagle. It is a broadside view of the Eagle under full sail. The artist: Don P. Waring. It was sculptured about 1987. Have your heard of his work in the Mystic seaport area of Connecticut? I would like to display this on your website for all to see.

    • admin says:

      Dear Gene, we’d love to see it – if you can set your digital camera to it’s “macro” setting and get a good shot or two of it, we’ll be glad to put it on line. We will see if we can find more information about the artist as well. Thanks for writing!

  10. James says:

    I want someone to put Scrimshaw on a ring that I already have I live in Scottsdale Arizona can you recommend anybody

    • Andrew says:

      Hi, and thanks for writing! What type of scrimshaw would you like on the ring? There are quite a number of artists on our artists page that can do this type of work. Here are a couple of important questions: Were you looking for a ship motif, animal, initials, etc.? and did you want it in black or in color? Also, what is the material? If it’s ivory, it can’t go to California due to recent laws regarding ivory. If you are looking for someone in the state, I can put an inquiry on our homepage for artists in the Arizona area. Let us know what you need, and we’ll be glad to help how ever we can.

  11. Linda Bray says:

    I have 5 pieces of scrimshaw set in sterling silver, 3 pendants and 2 rings. All five are signed with a tiny u at the bottom.
    I would like to know who the artist was. I was given these as a gift in the 60′s in Portland OR.
    Linda Bray

    • admin says:

      Dear Linda,
      Happy Holidays, and thanks for writing! We are not familiar with the artist who signs their work with the letter “U”, but we’d be glad to help. If you have a digital camera, set it to “macro” and take some clear pictures of the scrimshaw, then send them to “” – we’ll be glad to put them up on the “Mystery Artists” page and see if anyone knows the artist. Sometimes the artist has responded and given us more information on the pieces we’ve had there, other times it’s someone who either knows or knew them.

  12. Robert Bryant says:

    I have a legal elephant tusk table with three tusks that are about 2′ long and 2-2.5 inches in diameter. If anyone is interested, I can send photo’s.


    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Bob, thanks for writing. I’m not sure who would be interested in the table as a table, though there are collectors out there. You may wish to contact museums in your area as well. Don’t know where you are located, but just an FYI all ivory is now illegal to buy and sell in the state of California.

  13. Daniel says:

    Hello, we have a 24″ Walrus Tusk Cribbage/Checker board, dated Nome, 1924, signed by a H.L Coney. Regarding the 24″, the shape of this piece is reminescent of a boomerang in that it’s actually two tusks connected end to end, the carvings depict seals.In addition there are ivory pins, that evidently hold the two pieces together. ( Almost tempted to pull them – the pins – as I’m curious as to whether maybe upon seperating them maybe there’s more to the piece than is visible,..these pieces fit so tightly together that it’s barely possible to see the point of connection. ) In the event that you’re familiar with either the above mentioned scrimshaw, or the name of the artist would appreciatte any input. Will attempt to post a pic a.s.a p. Oh, and any idea on a ball-park figure pertaining to it’s value? Thanks in advance,….

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Thanks for writing! Have not found any scrimshaw artists with the last name Coney, but that shouldn’t stop you. Definitely send some pictures – set the camera to “macro” so you can get a clear closeup, and if you can, send at least two pictures – one of the piece and one of the signature. A closeup of some of the artwork would also be helpful. We’ll be happy to put the pictures and any information we get onto our “Mystery Artists” page. No idea as to the value, and I would recommend NOT pulling it apart. Shake it gently to see if there are any pieces rattling around inside (doubtful), but disassembling it would probably lessen it’s value.

  14. Lucy Shoup says:

    Hello. In the 1970′s I had a scrimshaw ring made in Naples FL with a picture of a kangaroo on it. I am wondering if you know where I could get it re-inked? Thanks for any info. I live in Tennessee now..Lucy Shoup

  15. Mike Gibson says:

    We recently found Nantucket basket signed by Glenda 1977. Do you know this artist?

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Thanks for writing, Mike. We are not aware of the artist Glenda, but since it is such a unique name, if they had created other pieces we will probably get some responses from other collectors, and hopefully from the artist too. Would you be able to send some pictures of the basket, the scrimshaw and the signature? We’ll be happy to list them on our Mystery Artists page. Be sure your digital camera is set to Macro when you take close-up shots – they come out a lot clearer.

  16. Heidi says:

    I have a bolo tie that has a scrimshaw carved Eagle with mountains in the background, it is signed MN would anyone happen to know who this artist is or how I can find out who he is?
    Thanks so much.

    • Heidi says:

      Wanted to add, took another look at the mark and could be MW.
      Thanks, Heidi

      • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

        Hello Heidi, thanks for writing. Would you be able to send a picture or a scan? We’d love to see it. Also, if you can let us know in general where you obtained it? This may help us pinpoint the artist. Using a digital camera, be sure to set it to “macro” so the picture is nice and sharp. We will be able to do any cropping before we add it to the “Mystery Artists” page.

  17. Ron says:

    Have just acquired a walrus tooth scrimshaw piece,4 tiered sailing ship on one side, a polar bear on the other. Initials are P M with the left leg of the M being the descending line of the P. The year 82 next to the initials. Anybody know anything about the artist, value etc.

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      We’d love to see it. Can you send some pictures of the piece? We’ll be glad to put it up on our ever-growing “Mystery Artists” page. Be sure to set your camera to “Macro” when you take close-ups to get clear images. Looking forward to seeing it!

  18. R J says:

    Can you please tell me if it is illegal to purchase original scrimshaw on whale teeth in the state of Oregon from Washington state? i would also like any information you can provide about a schrimshander named Juvenal Castro. Thanks very much for your help.

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Laws about ivory vary from state to state, California recently passing the most restrictive, banning the sale of any type of ivory. The best place to find this information is at Fish and Wildlife organizations for the respective states. In New England, there are some states where it is illegal to transport ivory out of the state. The CITES treaty is another place to look.

    • Ro Gal says:

      I have a small piece signed by Juvenal Castro. He signed and printed his name. If you’re interested email and I’ll send a pic.

      • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

        Hello Ro,
        We’ve seen the name “Juvenal Castro” on a couple of auction sites and the scrimshaw is classic and beautiful. It appears he is a 20th century artist, but we have little information other than this. We’d love to see the pictures and can put them up under our “Mystery Artist” page to see if anyone can give us more information on the artist.

  19. Donna Ladouceur says:

    Around 1989 I bought a new custom made dagger with a dragon scrimshawed on it. I have been trying to find out who the artist was that made it. The “signature” looks like a P with an elongated bottom line, like P and L put together. I would appreciate any help you can give on this. I’m not sure if it was a local artist here around Connecticut, but I bought it in a local store here in CT. I can send pictures if you want them.
    Thanks in advance, Donna

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Donna, and thanks for writing! We’re not familiar with the description of the signature, but we’ll be glad to put it up on our “Mystery Artists” page to see if anyone knows about it. If you can, take the photo with the camera set at “macro” so we can get a good picture of the detail. If we need to crop it, we can do that here. Would love to see it, too! Is there a brand on the dagger like “spyderco” or is it a completely custom piece? Any information will be appreciated, and we’ll get it up on line as soon as we can!

  20. Zuricher says:

    Hello, I’m cleaning up my mom’s old art supplies from the 70s and found some scrimshaw jewelry silver settings for small pins, matching bone (mostly oval for pendants)and tools and wondered if anyone would like to have them. I hate to throw out these items. Im happy to ship if you can send me an address.

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Thanks for writing! Hate to throw stuff away myself, esp. if someone else can use it. If you can give us a city/state and an email address, we’ll be glad to post it on the site. Once they’re gone, let us know and we’ll take it down.

    • Kathleen Vautour says:


      I would be very interested in the pieces you have if they are still available. I am a home-spun artist called the Hatley Pedlar living in Hatley WI. I am originally from MA and moved here 6 years ago….

      Please feel free to e-mail at address above…

      Thank you, Kathleen

      • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

        Thank you for the invitation Kathleen! Is this open to any scrimshaw artist? Also, should the artists contact you regarding outright purchase or commission arrangements?
        Thanks in advance,

        Andrew Perkins,

  21. Don says:

    My dads wife lived in Alaska and collected scrimshaw and other Alaskan art. She has a set of 29 inch walrus tusk scrimshaw and is thinking of selling them.They are by an artist named Joe Blatchford. I was wondering where to go to find out the value of these and where best to try selling them?

  22. Doniece Burns says:

    I have a bracelet from Big Sur California with a ship scrimshaw on it. It has the initaila JM. Any ideas?

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Doniece, and thanks for writing! Can you send a picture of the piece in question? We’d love to see it and we’ll be glad to put it up on our “Mystery Artist” page to see if anyone else knows.

  23. Lynne Frey says:

    I have a 5″ tooth with scrimshaw picture of a 4 master sailing vessel , dated 1972, and signed by D. Anderson. I cannot find any information on the artist. He could be from Alaska or Canada. Can anyone give me any information or point me in the right direction. I would like to know if this piece is valuable. Thank you

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Lynn,
      thanks for writing. A quick search on our end did not find anything either, but don’t let that get you disappointed. We can put the D. Anderson scrimshaw query up on our “Mystery Artist” site and find out if any other collectors or friends of D. Anderson – possibly D. Anderson him/herself may respond. The best responses come from clear photos and as much information as you can give. We usually put the city/state/province the piece was purchased, the date acquired (having the date on the piece as you have stated is also a big help). We will post the picture or pictures on the site and see who responds. Having a close-up of the signature also helps. Set your digital camera on “Macro” so you can take good close-ups, and email them to us.

  24. Ralf D'Angelo says:

    I recently purchased an lot at an auction and discovered, what appears to be, a piece of scrimshaw. I have no idea what type it is or how old. It appears to be wood on the outside and a hard stone like substance. Sorry for my ignorance, but I am clueless. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Ralf, you may either have a piece of mammoth ivory or possibly a piece of tagua nut by the description. Can you send a picture? We’d love to help you try to identify it. Use the “Macro” setting on your digital camera or you can scan it on a scanner at the highest resolution and we’ll post it if you’d like.

  25. Rod Lacey says:

    Hi, do you have a e-mail address? i am a hobby scrimmer living in Australia and would like to send some picks and info. looking foward to your reply, Regards Rod

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi and thanks for writing! Yes, you can email us at Would love to post some pics and a small bio for you. Have been away for a bit but since the colder weather is coming I am getting ready to scrim once again. If you have a website or are selling your work, let us know and we’ll be glad to include a link or two as well.

  26. Kristin says:

    I have a piece of scrimshaw art, it appears to be vintage ivory, artist is M. or N. Clark. Maritime picture of ship on waves, no identification on the ship. Has anyone seen any work from this artist?

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi Kristin, and thanks for writing! I am not familiar with an artist M. or N. Clark, but that doesn’t mean other people may not know them. Would you be able to send a picture or two of the scrimshaw? If you can set your digital camera to “Macro” it will get a good close-up shot. A close-up of the signature of the artist would be helpful as well. Also, if you know what city and state it was originally purchased in that may also help us track down the artist. We’ll be happy to put it up on our “Mystery Artists” page. We’ve had some luck with this – sometimes the artists themselves have responded, which is always a treat. You can send the pictures to “aperkins[at], replacing the [at] with the @ sign as is the usual case with emails. (I do this to minimize the spam from ‘bots reading the site and automatically sending me all sorts of get rich and pharma spam).
      Looking forward to your response,

      Andrew Perkins,

  27. rick mcginnis says:

    i was given a knife with a ship i’m pretty sure it’s fossil walrus tusk and it has the star of india with joe luiz down at the bottom the I in luiz is dotted with a heart i cant seem to find any info on the knife or artist except that he died 10 years ago and a picture of four knives together with the same signature with the caption ultra rare joe luiz knives. so i know he did scrimshaw and his signature matches can anyone tell me anything about this guy?

  28. Evey says:

    I am looking for a scrimshaw artist to work on an antique celluloid ring box (originally manufactured to mimic ivory). We would like to somewhat copy the design on heirloom one that is engraved with the name of our ancestor. We were able to find an identical box that currently has a blank top, and our son would like it engraved with his girlfriend’s name (he plans to propose with the ring that we have in the heirloom box). We can provide a photo of the original box for reference. A referral or response here would be very appreciated!

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Wonderful idea! If you can find an artist close by on our “Artists” page and inquire, I am sure they would be happy to help you realize your idea on the box. Belle Ochs is in Florida, Jason Webb is in the mid-west, Katherine Plumer is on the west coast just to name a few. Scot Kimel is in South Carolina, the list goes on. You can get to the artists page by going to Being the Holiday season it may be difficult for the artists to fit you in their schedule, but you never know. If you cannot find an artist, please email me at and I’ll see if I can help you further.

  29. Jeanine says:

    We recently purchased a beautiful piece of scrimshaw which we think is on a fossilized Mammoth bone and it is signed R W Shafer 92 and we have search several websites trying to find out about the artist and wondered if you have any information? Look forward to your response.


    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hello Jeanine, thanks for inquiring. So far I’ve come up with nothing under the name Shafer + scrimshaw. Would you be able to send a high resolution image or two to us or point us to a couple of the same on We’ll be glad to post the picture and any further information on our “Mystery Artist” section of the site so other artists and collectors can help as well.

  30. My father passed many years ago and left a few pieces of scrimshaw for me. .. he was an avid train buff and had a 6.25″ sperm whale tooth done depicting the Lahaina Kaanapali sugar cane train… the Web attachment is to an image of the scrimshander initials And I was wondering if anyone recognizes it? The piece is beautifully done with mulitple colors and looks like the poster he has of the same train.
    Any help is apprecisted.

    This work was done about 1970s my father lived in San Francisco at the time if that helps. A dovo ivoryhandled straight razor was also completed by the same artist

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Hi, and thanks for writing! Don’t worry about the double post, I do that occasionally myself! Beautiful work – I really like the perspective of the train and the tracks (will also approve the link to the imageshack). I’ll put the image up on our “Mystery Artist” page and feature it on the main page. Hope the artist is still around and active – they did a great job!

  31. is a link to a full image of the tooth..sorry for the dbl post

  32. Thank you much for approving the images to put on your site. I have had these items for many years now and the link I have in my web part is to show the dovo razor with a signature LB. Not the best work ive seen but really nice. Do you have info on this initials? These items are well over 30 years old. I remember them when I was a small 47 now I also have a few other…. will try to search for them before I ask here

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      So far no information on the initials, but that takes time. We’ve had people reply in a few days and sometimes it has taken up to a year, but that one was interesting – it was the artist himself who wanted to remain anonymous. Other information trickles in as with an artist from Florida who has since passed. When I get the information, I back-track the comments and alert the original poster.
      There is a lot of interest in general on straight razors from both makers and collectors on the internet too. If you have a picture of the straight razor we’ll be glad to add that as well. I’m going to link the “Mystery Artist” post to some other sites that follow our updates and with the holiday there’s a good chance of getting at least some traffic and eyeballs on your pics which always helps in tracking down the original artist. We’ll keep our fingers crossed here for you!

  33. Mike Johnson says:

    Looking for artist in south Florida who can do scrimshaw (west palm to Miami geography

  34. Karen A. says:

    I am looking for a scrimshaw artist (I don’t remember his name) who is related to the Mutiny on the Bounty remnants. He used to show his work in a shop in LaConnor, WA. He did beautiful work.

  35. Patrick Bainbridge says:

    I have a set of ivory grips scrimshaw work signed R. Heinrich looking for any info on this artist

  36. Patrick Bainbridge says:

    thank you I will attempt to post pic. the work on these grips was commissioned around 1981 by my father who has since passed.

  37. dotty says:

    I have a piece of scrimshaw created by a ‘Doc’ Thatcher. The piece is of the Aruban Tower of light
    done on a blank poker chip made in the mid 1800′s. The material is ivory and was decorated for the
    saloons in the Great American West. The text on the back says it was prepared by the American Scrimshander ‘Doc’ Thatcher.

    • Andrew Perkins Andrew Perkins says:

      Dear Dotty,
      Thanks for writing! Poker chips are a popular medium to scrimshaw on, though we don’t see many old ones. Would you be able to send a couple of hi- resolution pics? We could put them up as the next Mystery Artist to see if anyone knows any information on Doc Thatcher. You can send the pictures to questions[at] and we’ll do our best to spread the word!

  38. Georg E.S. says:

    Hey guys!

    your work is absolutely stunning! I make desperate efforts to find an excellent scrimshaw artist in Europe (e.g. Great Britain, France, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, or somwhere else in western-, northern-, central-europe). I would need a custom scrimshaw compass dial on mammoth ivory, about 2,4 inch dimeter, with convex surface, about 0,2 inch high at the zenith.
    I’m looking forward to your kind reccommendations and contacts for europe based scrimhanders, you would suggest.

    Thank you so much, you’ll do me a big favor!

    Georg E.S.

  39. Andrew says:

    Ship Susan Replical on eBayHi Bill,
    Frederick Myrick, the prolific, almost legendary scrimshander who served aboard the vessel Susan from 1826 to 1829. (see
    That being said, there are a lot of replicas out and about. Bringing the tooth to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in MA., or at least a nautical museum to have it looked over by an expert.

    If it’s a replica, they are going for $21.95 on ebay (click here
    for the link I found)

    Hope this helps and that yours is an original!

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