scrimshaw

[ UK /skɹˈɪmʃɔː/ ]
[ US /ˈskɹɪmˌʃɔ/ ]
NOUN
  1. a carving (or engraving) on whalebone, whale ivory, walrus tusk, etc., usually by American whalers
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How To Use scrimshaw In A Sentence

  • Seafarers made household utensils, such as sewing tools, from whalebone, and today scrimshaw is as much associated with Nantucket as the lightship baskets unique to the island.
  • A decorative arts gallery features the association's excellent scrimshaw collection as well as furniture, needlework, silver, whirligigs, lightship baskets, and sailors' valentines.
  • The early Inuit (Eskimos) produced such utilitarian objects as harpoon shafts and bucket handles out of ivory and often etched them with geometric or curving patterns. See also scrimshaw.
  • It has been scrimshawed and carved by the hand of this talented carver.
  • Nonetheless, there were interesting antique collectibles bought, such as scrimshaw you see once and don't see again.
  • And you find yourself sitting alone, thinking of someone you knew before something you must have said about scrimshaw or futhark.
  • But name the last luxury hotel you stayed in that had spiral iron staircases, whitewashed walls, vaulted cellars and display cases full of antique scrimshaw, brass binnacles and needlepoint portraits of old clippers?
  • Scrimshaw is the decoration of bone or ivory objects, such as whale teeth and walrus tusks, with fanciful designs.
  • While collectors do appreciate the potential investment value of scrimshaw, that is not usually their primary reason for acquiring it.
  • A knife was stuck in his back, plunged so deeply only the scrimshaw handle could be seen. STONE THE CROWS, IT'S A VACUUM-CLEANER
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