SCRIMSHAW TOOTH Barquentine Mercator Ship

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Aug 13, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House
This is a second generation museum quality reproduction SCRIMSHAW TOOTH with greater detail than ever before. Teeth of this quality are made specifically for display at maritime museums w real scrimshaw is unavailable due to rarity and laws, and is extremely high priced. They are not toys or souvenirs but made for display from a marble dust high density museum resin. This tooth captures the BEAUTY, FEEL and AUTHENTICITY of 19th Century Scrimshaw and I have sold these to maritime museums. This is a museum REPRODUCTION - is brand new and - is in EXCELLENT CONDITION. It has the same weight and feel of real scrimshaw and looks great in a nautical collection at a much better price than real scrimshaw. It is a second generation casting w the detailing techniques have been refined are virtually indistinguishable from authentic teeth that price in the $1000's of dollars. All reproduction teeth prior to these were first generation castings with great detail but these and even higher quality.

Ship Mercator and Siren on Rocks

This is a SCRIMSHAW TOOTH 6"long x 2 1/2" wide showing the Ship Mercator on one side. The reverse side shows a siren playing a musical lyre as she sits on rocks. Root cavity also appears authentic.


The barquentine Mercator lies at anchor in Ostend , Belgium . She was named after Gerardus Mercator (1512-1594), Flemish cartographer. She was designed by the Antarctic explorer Adrien de Gerlache (1866-1934) as a training ship for the Belgian merchant fleet. She was built in Scotland and launched in 1932.

Technical data:

* length : 78.4 m

* beam : 11.09 m

* draught : 4.5 m

* foremast : 39 m (square-rigged)

* mainmast : 41 m (fore-and-aft-rigged)

* mizzenmast : 40 m (fore-and-aft-rigged)

* 15 sails (4 jibs, 4 foresails, 3 staysails, 2 spankers and 2 gaff topsails)

* Speed : 13 knots (24 km/h)

* Crew : 150

Besides being a training a ship, she was also used, mainly before WW II, for scientific observations, or as ambassador for Belgium on world fairs and in sailing events. She participated in several races, winning the Oslo-Ostend race. She brought back two Moai (giant statues) from Easter Island . In 1936 she brought home from Molokai , Hawaii , the remains of Father Damien. Her last trip was to Lisbon for the commemoration of the quincentenary of the death of infante Henry the Navigator.

In 1961 she became a floating museum, first in Antwerp , and finally from 1964 in the marina of Ostend , just in front of the city hall.

During all this time, she has become perhaps the best-known ship of Belgium .


A barquentine is a sailing vessel with three or more masts, and with a square rigged foremast and only fore-and-aft rigged sails on the main, mizzen and any other masts. See also sail-plan. For an example of a barquentine see: Gazela. Related rigs are brigantine (2 masts), barque (square-rigged on all but the mizzen mast), and the sole instance of a vessel with 2 fore-and-aft rigged masts and 2 square-rigged (the Olympia ). Earlier and very controversial examples of this class of vessel were the Transits of 1800 and her successors. Their inventor, Richard Hall Gower, claimed that they could be worked entirely from the deck.


In Greek mythology the Sirens (Greek: Σειρήνες Seirenes or Ἀ χελωίδες Acheloides) were sea deities who lived on an island called Sirenum scopuli. In some different traditions they are placed on Cape Pelorum , others in the island of Anthemusa , and still others in the Sirenusian islands near Paestum , or in Capreae (Strab. i. p. 22 ; Eustath. ad Horn. p. 1709 ; Serv. I.e.). All locations were described to be surrounded by cliffs and rocks. Seamen who sailed near were decoyed with the Sirens' enchanting music to shipwreck on the rocky coast.

The Sirens were considered the daughters of Achelous (by Terpsichore, Melpomene, St...