Severiano from Ohio writes: “I have had this for many years. Do you know who this artist is that signs with the letter “B” ?”
Not sure if this is a tusk tip or a whale tooth, hope to get a picture of the base. My teacher Eduardo Brum would often sign his work with a single letter B as well, though it doesn’t give us much to go on. Purchased from an antique shop on Galveston Island Texas.
Carvings in ivory and bone are also considered scrimshaw, and these are a perfect example. Mark W. in Florida writes:
“I have attached three photos of a tie clasp and cuff-link set with the signiture W.E.S. or perhaps W.E. Sr.. Would appreciate help is identifying who it is. Thanks. Mark W”
These are beautiful pieces, the whale cuff links took patience to carve so small as well as a steady hand to attach them with those tiny screws. Anyone know a scrimshaw artist with the initials W.E.S. that may have carved these or any information? We’d love to know. Add your comments to the section below, Mark and I will be happy to know more about them.