Largest selection of genuine antique weapons for sale in UK, visit our website andrewbottomley.com. Ref no 9378. Americana - A very rare 19th century whale's tooth with abalone shell inlay and extremely good scrimshaw decoration. The tooth is decorated overall with various motifs including a depiction of Liberty, a banner showing the American motto "E PLURIBUS UNUM" a display of whaling tools including a head spade, hand lance, a saw, large knife, harpoon, etc. The American flag and a large eagle with outstretched wings, the stars & stripes on a flag as well as on a shield. Some red ink decoration to the flag and US shield. The wording "EXCELSIOR - MARIA N.B.- THE WHALERS TOOLS." Very fine quality carving. Probably done at sea. The ship appears to be named either MARIA or EXCELSIOR ? There are initials to one side N.B. (Probably NEW BEDFORD). We believe it to have been made around 1830-1870 but could be earlier. Good condition with no damage. Length approx 6 inches. Guaranteed completely authentic. An extremely rare nautical/ whaleing item in superb condition. Ref 9378. If you wish to purchase this item please visit our website andrewbottomley.com where you can pay by credit/debit card or bank transfer at no extra charge. Established 1968.