Antique, 1930s, Scrimshaw Compass.

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Antique, 1930s, Scrimshaw Compass.

Weight: 27.5 grams.

Size:  5 cm wide.

Scrimshaw developed from the practice of sailors on whaling ships creating common tools, where the byproducts of whales were readily available. The term originally referred to the making of these tools, only later referring to works of art created by whalers in their spare time. Whale bone was ideally suited for the task, as it is easy to work and was plentiful.