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VINTAGE HAND CRAFTED DISPLAY OF FIVE SPECIES OF WHALES

 

Presented is a hand carved display of five whales mounted on a backboard with a small bone plaque naming each species. It was purchased somewhere in New England, any time between 1971 and the early 90's. Time was spent in all the usual places, but where and when has been forgotten. The likelihood is that it comes from either Mystic or New Bedford. The whales have been in a private collection ever since. The backboard is 30” L x 10” W x 7/8” T. The largest whale is a Blue whale on the lower right and is 9 inches long. The smallest is a Right whale on the upper left, 6 inches long. They are carved and finished on both sides and mounted to the backboard by a solid brass dowel. Carvings of four or more whales mounted on a backboard, either horizontally or vertically, are less often seen than those of individual whales. It is signed by a maker's mark.

As whale parts became less plentiful and later illegal to own, the American tradition was to carve whales in wood while those carved from whale ivory or panbone can still  be found from such places as the Azores where there is a plentiful supply of the product which is still legal to own.

                                               Right Whale
                    Finback Whale
 
                              Humpback Whale
                                     Blue Whale 

THE WHALES:  

Top left:        Right whale;           adults 36 to 59 ft
Top right:      Finback whale;       adults 59 to 72 ft
Middle:         Sperm whale;         male 50 to 60 ft
Bottom left:   Humpback whale;   adults to 52 ft
Bottom right: Blue whale;            females to 94 ft

 
                                                                 Sperm Whale
 
DIMENSIONS:

Backboard 30” L x 10” W x 7/8” T

WHALES:
Largest: Blue whale 9 inches long.                          Smallest: Right whale, 6 inches long.
 
Weight                   4 pounds
 
CONDITION: All five whales are in excellent condition and show little evidence of wear. The same can be said for the backboard which has the mark of the unknown artist as seen on the left. We asked a distinguished curator of a New England museum if he recognized the mark and he didn't. The hang wire was moved from the top to the bottom of the back board because of aesthetics.

                                         Left 3/4 view
 
                                Right 3/4 view 

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Buy this vintage whale craft New England display. It is an unusual find for that special collection.

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