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W 1940

Wharre bay Huahine
Description

EXECUTED BY ONE OF THE NAVAL ENGAGEMENT ENGRAVERS. One of two teeth(also see W 1939) executed by the same hand using teeth from the same whale. Although not a perfectly matching pair both teeth have always been together and each has been custom fitted with matching silver bases. One side with a beautifully rendered, polychrome colored, scene depicting a ship anchored in a tropical harbor. The mountainous background includes palm trees, buildings and native huts. Captioned below "Wharre bay I of Huahine". Illustrated on page 102 in Stuart Frank's book "Ingenious Contrivances, Curiously Carved" is a similarly shaped tooth done by the same hand with the exact same harbor scene.  Reverse with a polychrome shipwreck scene showing a broken vessel in the surf while people salvage cargo that includes 16 barrels of her oil. Captioned below "Wreck of the Sir Chas Price". Condition fine. 7 1/2" l. The Sir Charles Price was actually launched in America in 1812 under another name. She was captured circa 1814 by the British and subsequently purchased by Daniel Bennett who added her to his fleet of whalers. She made six complete voyages but was wrecked going into Huahine harbor in April 1833 during her 7th voyage. She had 700 barrels of oil onboard, some of which was saved and ultimately brought to Sydney the following August. 

Sales price: $9,800.00
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