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270 Sailor-made Whalebone Inlaid Mahogany Miniature Chest of Drawers, attributed to Stephen Luce, Jr., of Martha’s Vineyard, probably made at sea, rectangular top inlaid with a crossed chain of whalebone diamonds centered with circle, over two graduating drawers with crescent and diamond bone inlay with turned bone knobs, flanked by reeded posts continuing to tapered turned feet, the front and paneled sides with conforming chain of diamonds inlaid band, (imperfections) ht. 8, wd. 13 3/4, dp. 7 in. Literature: See Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850, Brock Jobe et al. (University Press of New England, 2009), plate 66, pp. 193-94, a chest with similar crescent and diamond inlaid motifs on the drawer fronts attributed to sailor Stephen Luce, Jr., is pictured. $800-1,200

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271 Federal Mahogany and Whalebone Miniature Chest of Drawers, probably New England, c. 1820, the case of three cockbeaded drawers with bone escutcheons, colorless glass pulls, all on turned bone feet, old surface, (imperfections), ht. 8 3/4, wd. 8 3/4, dp. 4 in. $600-800 272 Scrimshaw Inlaid Mahogany Box, 19th century, rectangular box with hinged lid, the edges inlaid with whalebone and baleen, the top and sides ornamented with abalone, mother-of-pearl, and whalebone, geometric, star, and heart-shaped segments, (imperfections), ht. 5 1/4, wd. 10 3/4, dp. 6 1/4 in. Provenance: Possibly Captain Stephen Cushing Sprague, of Marshfield, Massachusetts. $800-1,200

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273 Pair of Scrimshaw Whale’s Teeth, 20th century, one side of each tooth is engraved with a whaling scene with whaleships flying American flags, whaleboats with whalemen in the act of pursuing and harpooning whales, the reverse of one depicting the figure of Liberty crowning a sailor holding an American flag over a banner inscribed “We Owe Allegiance To No Crown”; the reverse of the other tooth depicting the initials “G. C.” in a circle over a spreadwing eagle with arrows and banner over and American shield flanked by flags and cannons, heightened with red and green sealing wax, both teeth with matching undulating vine and chevron borders, mounted on a mahogany stand, (age cracks), tooth ht. 6 1/2, overall ht. 7 3/8 in. $1,000-1,500

American Furniture & Decorative Arts | Skinner Auction 2680B  

The October 27, 2013 Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston includes many fine examples of newly discovered furnitur...

American Furniture & Decorative Arts | Skinner Auction 2680B  

The October 27, 2013 Skinner American Furniture & Decorative Arts auction in Boston includes many fine examples of newly discovered furnitur...