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.
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.