Skinner's Historic Maritime Online Auction 2900T 6/9/16 Lot 1092. Estimate $400-600. Realized: $1,400. Description: Scrimshaw-decorated Whalebone Busk, America, 19th century, one shaped and one rounded end, decorated on one side with a central panel depicting a whaleship flying an American flag, a harpooned whale, and two whale boats, inscribed "Whale," lg. 12 1/2 in.
Above: See the full scrimshaw busk and a detail that shows whaling ships sailing into port. (From the Charles Whipple Greene Museum in Warren, Rhode Island, via the New Bedford Whaling Museum Blog) Top: Two scrimshaw "whalebone" busks from the early 1800s housed at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware. (Via Winterthur.org)