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Northwest Coast Whale Bone and Pewter Presentation Piece

Auction:
2705M
Lot:
144
Sold for:
$2,091$1,700

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 2705M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
February 12, 2014 10:00AM

Description:

Northwest Coast Whale Bone and Pewter Presentation Piece, c. early 19th century, a whale neck vertebra carved and incised in the image of a raven, the reverse incised with the face of a dogfish or shark, dark patina, spinal column with custom-fitted covered pewter box of European manufacture, the lid engraved with heraldic symbol of "Cross Crosslet Fitche Gule" and motto "Veritas Ad Finem" (Truth to the end) within an encompassing knight's belt or garter device with "Alaska" above and "1828" below, ht. 6 1/4 x lg. 12, box dia. 4 1/4 in.

Provenance: Skinner, American Indian & Ethnographic Art, November 18, 1989, Lot 210Y.
Estimate $1,500-2,000


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Veritas, garter device, Alaska

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