Sunday, August 8, 2010
Had a wonderful three days in Boston and New Bedford, Massachusetts. My honey took me to the Whaling Museum and I could have spent days there. Just a marvelous museum that showcases the history of whaling in early America. So much to share that it will take more than one posting so I will post over this week the highlights of the New Bedford Whaling Museum. (all photos enlarge when you click on them)
Gift to the ship's captain. A scrimshaw and wooden watch stand to emulate a grandfather clock. About 24 inches high.
Engraved (scrimshaw) whale tooth, about 9 inches in length.
Absolutely lovely pie crimpers and kitchen tools. These range in size from 12 inches to about 2 inches. Highly detailed of mythical creatures, lace patterns and inlay. Gifts for their wives, sisters, daughters and girlfriends.
Extraordinary pie crimper of a mermaid. This beauty measures about 10 inches in length. Crimpers were tools used almost daily as "pies" were a staple at the New England table. Meat pies filled with rich gravies and potatoes needed to be "crimped" closed before baked or fried.
Beautiful scrimshaw corset Buskers. The corset busk, perfect for flattening the stomach, was originally a flat piece of wood slipped down inside a pocket at the front of the corset. A very personal gift for the women in the sailor's lives. This was carved and shaped from the fringed plates of the upper jaw of the whale.
These pieces were huge...about 3 feet in length and 12 inches at the width. Pair of extraordinary scrimshaw work on the jawpans of the whale.
Closeup of detail of above piece, top piece of the pair shown above.
The detail carved on these teeth are incredible. Life like portraits of a little girl and a family member. Whalebone teeth and egg cup.
And now my favorites...sewing items for women. Marvelous whalebone swift. A swift is used for winding yarn. This swift is supported on a sewing box with tiny drawers for threads and needles. This is a large swift measuring almost 2 feet high.
Another swift with spool holders and a pin cushion on top. This swift measured no more than 12 high. So much detail.
Lovely lace knitting basket fashioned from whale bone. Needles are whalebone and wood. Oh how I would love to knit with these.
Whale ivory lantern that held candles for light.
Lovely hatbox. Highly detailed and full of color.
Lovely thread tower crafted from whale ivory. About 18 inches high.
Sweet and small thread wheel. Whalebone, carved and shaped.
Finches were often brought back from far away lands and whalebone birdcages were crafted.
The clenched fist was a popular theme for the scrimshaw craftsman. Often used for cane heads or bodkins.
Another favorite theme of the carver were the "bawdy" ladies legs and boots. Three walking canes.
Scrimshaw whale tooth and lovely carved quilt clamp.